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    After a week of hectic mediating by the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry?

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    SV Kissinger and officials arrive at meeting

    SCU PAN Sadat, Kissinger military officer and Egyptian Minister

    SV PAN Cameraman to Kissinger and Sadat talking

    SCU PAN Kissinger and Sadat

    SV Kissinger and Sadat seated

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    Background: After a week of hectic mediating by the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Israel and Egypt agreed on Thursday (January 17) so sign an agreement on separating their forces along the Suez Canal front. The agreement is to be signed on Friday by Israeli and Egyptian Chiefs of Staff at point 101 on the Suez-Cairo Road.

    On Wednesday (16 January) Dr. Kissinger made his third and final visit of this negotiating session to Aswan in upper Egypt to confer with President Sadat. After two meetings with the President at his holiday villa, Dr. Kissinger returned again to Israel.

    In a television interview on Thursday, the Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Yigal Allon disclosed that under the agreement, Israel will withdraw from the Canal to a point forward of the strategic Mitla and Giddi passes in Sinai.

    Egypt is believed to have agreed to a reduction of its fighting forces on the East Bank of the Canal. Reuter sources said they also understand that Egypt will pull out its Soviet-made Sam-6 ground-to-air-missiles.

    Dr. Kissinger may return to Egypt before he departs for Washington, but if he does it ill be for pleasure, not business. He wants to see the ancient monuments of Luxor. Dr. Kissinger will also visit Jordan and Syria before returning home.

    SYNOPSIS: The latest Middle East odyssey of Dr. Henry Kissinger, the United Stats Secretary of state, has culminated in Israel and Egypt agreeing to a separation of their forces along the Suez Canal front line. On Wednesday, Dr. Kissinger was having a final session of talks with President Aswan sadat in Aswan in Upper Egypt. The next day an announcement was made simultaneously in Israel, Egypt and Washington, saying that an agreement would be signed on Friday.

    Dr. Kissinger's visit to Aswan on Wednesday was his third during his mission of mediation between Israel and the Arabs. After two meetings during the day with President Sadat, he returned to Israel to finalise detail of the joint announcement. On this final visit to the Egyptian President, Dr. Kissinger carried a map and Israel's reaction to Egyptian proposals.

    It was reportedly at this meeting that Egypt agreed to a reduction of its East Bank forces, in return for an Israeli withdrawal to a point in front of the Mitla and Giddipasses.

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