Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman met Egypt's President at Mr. Sadat's rest house in Ismailia?
Israeli Defence Minister Ezer Weizman met Egypt's President at Mr. Sadat's rest house in Ismailia on Thursday (26 April). The two leaders discussed Israel's handing-over of the Sinai capital of El Arish. It is scheduled to be given back to Egypt in a ceremony on May the twenty-seventh, to be attended by Mr. Weizman, Mr. Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Weizman said he had come to Ismailia to discuss the handing-over ceremony -- not the Palestinian problem. But he reiterated Israel would honour the Camp David Accords and the Peace Treaty. It is this peace process which is coming under increasing attack from Israel's Arab neighbours. Mr. Weizman indicated he was anxious about developments in Lebanon.
The jovial handshakes did little to smooth over the Arab protests. Lebanon and Bahrain have joined six other Arab states which broke relations with Egypt after the Treaty was signed last month.
For its part, Israel is taking speedy actio to bring about normal relations with Egypt. Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan has ordered his Ministry's Director General to postpone a Latin American visit and return from the United States to set up an Egypt Desk dealing with consular relations between the two countries -- Mr. Weizman did not give much away after his talks with Mr. Sadat. He was non-committal on the issue of Jewish settlements..
In Alexandria, Mr. Weizman planned to meet his Egyptian counterpart Lieutenant-General Kamal Hassan Ali before returning to Israel.