The United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, has concluded his six nation Middle East tour amid reports that he has won the assent of Israel and Arab states to intensify peace moves during the United Nations General Assembly in New York next month.
SV PAN US State Secretary Cyrus Vance (taller man) and Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi walk forward and Vance greeted by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Egypt.
SV newmen PAN TO Vance and Sadat seated.
SV Egyptian vice President.
SV Vance and Sadat seated talking, PAN TO newsmen.
SV INT. PAN Sadat, Vance and others seated at conference table, talking.
LV Vance and party walk down aircraft steps, London, UK and greeted.
SV Vance and party walk to cars and get in.
GV motorcade away.
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Background: The United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, has concluded his six nation Middle East tour amid reports that he has won the assent of Israel and Arab states to intensify peace moves during the United Nations General Assembly in New York next month.
SYNOPSIS: The last stop in a whirlwind finish to his Middle East tour was Egypt. He was met on Thursday (11 August) at the military Gianaklis airport near Alexandria by President Anwar Sadat and the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmi.
Mr Vance had made appearances in five countries on three continents. Before arriving in Egypt he had visited the capitals of Syria and Jordan. It was reported that talks in Israel had been inconclusive with the Israelis sticking to their hard line regarding peace talks. Mr Vance briefed President Sadat for about an hour on the results of his mission. President Sadat said after the briefing that he was optimistic about the reconvening of peace talks in Geneva on the Middle East. However, he said it was hoped that Israel would reach the conclusion that the hard line they were adopting would not serve them at all.
Later on the same day, Mr Vance arrived in London for talk with British leaders. On Friday (12 August) Mr Vance was scheduled to have talks with the British and South African Foreign Ministers, Dr David Owen and Mr Pik Botha.
The subject of Mr Vance's talks in London were to be the results of his Middle East tour and Anglo-American proposals for solving the issue of majority rule in Rhodesia. Concerning Mr Vance's Middle East tour, sources close to Mr Vance said the 11 day mission had been a limited success. They said that the Arab states had spoken more clearly and in more detail and in greater unison than ever before.
In London, Mr Vance was to hold his talks in the light of the Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith's latest statement rejecting Anglo-American proposals for majority rule in Rhodesia.