President Jimmy Carter of the United States says permanent peace in the Middle East will not come without dealing with the Palestinian issue.
President Jimmy Carter of the United States says permanent peace in the Middle East will not come without dealing with the Palestinian issue. Speaking in Washington on Thursday (15 December), he said he was keeping in close contact with all Middle East leaders, especially President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, with whom he had been communicating several times a week. The President said the conference in Cairo which Israel, Egypt and the United States are attending was 'a good first step'. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was due to visit the White House on Friday (16 December) for talks in which he has said he would discuss some new ideas directly connected with the present peace moves.
Synopsis: Asked at a Press conference what role the United States would be playing in the region, President Carter replied that they would offer their services when needed but the basic responsibility for permanent peace was upon the nations involved.