In the United Kingdom, Egyptian officials attending Middle East peace talks being held at Leeds Castle in Kent have complained that the United States and israel had set their objectives too low.
In the United Kingdom, Egyptian officials attending Middle East peace talks being held at Leeds Castle in Kent have complained that the United States and israel had set their objectives too low. An official spokesman told Reuters news agency that Egypt had come to the conference table hoping for a real breakthrough. But after preliminary discussions with United States and Israeli officials, the spokesman said that Egypt was no longer so optimistic. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ibrahim Mohammed Kamel and his Israeli counterpart, Moshe Dayan, are sitting with United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance round an oval table in the heavily-guarded 1,000 year old fortress. As well as unprecedented security measures, special attention has been paid to the atmosphere in which the meeting it taking place, with an emphasis on informality being stressed by the American organisers.
SYNOPSIS: Leeds Castle is impenetrable. It sits in the middle of its own lake, and every angle has been covered by security police. On the day of the first session of talks, armed policemen stopped cars at the entrance to the castle grounds and checked everyone's credentials. Policemen with revolvers and pump shotguns were on duty with guard dogs around the castle. On Tuesday morning (18 July) newsmen and photographers were invited to meet the Arab and Israeli delegations briefly. But before entry, they were carefully checked.
General Dayan and Cyrus Vance met newsmen outside the castle.
Mr. Kamel joined the others at the photo session about five minutes later, and was greeted by Mr. Vance and General Dayan.
The three men were scheduled to meet in the conference room in the innermost part of the castle after Mr. Vance spoke to Mr. Dayan and then Mr. Kamel alone.