Dr. Mohammad Al-Zayyat, the special adviser to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, arrived in Morocco on?
Dr. Mohammad Al-Zayyat, the special adviser to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, arrived in Morocco on Thursday to have talks with King Hassan II. Dr. Al-Zayyat, who is making a tour of European and Middle Eastern countries, was met at Rabat Airport by the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Taibi Benhima, who had just returned to Morocco after a tour of several Middle Eastern countries.
The Egyptian envoy told newsmen at the airport that he was going to deliver a message from President Sadat to King Hassan. He did not give any further details. But in an interview with the Moroccan News Agency, M.A.P., Dr. Al-Zayyat said his country was seeking to keep the Middle East problems within the United Nations framework, to avoid intervention by either the United States or the Soviet Union. He added that the purpose of his tour was to further this policy. Because the U.S. and the Soviet Union had "intervened" in the recent Middle East conflict, he added, "we felt obliged to express to other countries our desire to see our affair remain in the framework of international organisations. That is to say, it should remain subject to international law and the U.N. Charter we have all signed."
Before leaving Rabat on Friday (16 November), Dr. Al-Zayyat had a meeting with the Moroccan Foreign Minister. He then flew to Tunis to continue his tour.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Mohammad Al-Zayyat, special adviser to Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, arrived in Rabat on Thursday for talks with King Hassan of Morocco. He was met at the airport by the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mr. Ahmed Taibi Benhima.
Dr. Al-Zayyat went to the Royal Palace for his talks with King Hassan. Earlier, at the airport, he told newsmen he had a message from President Sadat to deliver to the King. He gave no indication of the contents of the message, but in an interview with the Moroccan News Agency, he stressed his country's desire to solve the Middle East problems within the framework of the United Nations.
Dr. Al-Zayyat said his country felt that problems must be solved through international law and the United Nations. He added that he was undertaking a tour of European and Middle Eastern countries because of what he termed United States' and Soviet "intervention" in the recent conflict. He stressed that Egypt wanted to further its policy of working in a framework of international organisations.
His visit to Morocco was part of Dr. Al-Zayyat's tour of European and Middle Eastern countries. Before leaving Rabat on Friday for Tunisia, the Egyptian Presidential Envoy met the Moroccan Foreign Minister for further talks.