Egyptian and Saudi Arabian delegates have held a second round of discussions in Cairo on the joint Soviet and American call to reconvene the Middle East peace conference in Geneva.
GV PAN DOWN Egyptian Cabinet building, Cairo
SV Egyptian Prime Minister Mamdouh Salem (in suit, back to camera) greeting Saudi Arabia's second deputy Prime Minister, Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz
SV PAN INTERIOR FROM Prince Abdullah TO Mr. Salem, talking
SV Guard watching
SV Prince Abdullah and Mr. Salem greeting members of the Saudi and Egyptian delegations
SV Prince Abdullah and Mr. Salem entering conference room (3 shots)
SV PAN Delegates seated at table (2 shots)
CU Egyptian flag on table
SV Delegates conferring
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Background: Egyptian and Saudi Arabian delegates have held a second round of discussions in Cairo on the joint Soviet and American call to reconvene the Middle East peace conference in Geneva. Heading the Saudi delegation in the country's second deputy Prime Minister, Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, who arrived in Egypt on Sunday (9 October).
SYNOPSIS: The latest round of discussions were held at the Egyptian Cabinet building in Cairo where the Prince was welcomed by Egyptian Prime Minister Mamdouh Salem. The talks are part of efforts by Arab leaders to co-ordinate their approach to a reconvened conference, and follow a visit by Egypt's Vice-President, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, to Saudi Arabia and four other Middle East countries last week.
The meeting lasted two hours but there was no statement afterwards on their attitude to Geneva talks. However, the official Middle East News Agency later quoted the Egyptian Information Minister, Mr. Abdel Moneim Sawi, who said the two leaders had briefed each other on the economic situation and development plans in each country. Mr. Sawi said Prince Abdullah had told the Egyptians that Saudi Arabia supported Egypt on all issues. This was due to what he termed the "historical relations" between them.
Earlier in the week Prince Abdullah had met Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and talked about Palestinian participation at peace talks. This followed a guideline in the Soviet and American proposals, stating that "the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people" should be protected in any peace settlement. Egypt and other countries have welcomed the idea which has, however, been rejected by the Israelis who do not wish to hold official talks with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. The Saudis will now travel to Syria and Jordan.