The United States Vice-President, Walter Mondale, completed his goodwill mission to Israel and went on to Egypt on Monday (3 July) for talks with President Anwar sadat on establishing a lasting peace for the Middle East.
GV People standing outside Prime Minister Menachem Begin's residence in Jerusalem.
CU INTERIOR USA Vice-President Walter Mondale and Prime Minister Begin chatting to each other. (3 SHOTS)
GV Begin and Mondale leaving.
GV PAN & SV Demonstrators with banners and chanting "Go home Mondale". (2 SHOTS)
CUs Mondale speaking; (3 SHOTS)
GV Mondale steps down from helicopter and is greeted by President Anwar Sadat on his arrival in Egypt and walks towards press. (2 SHOTS)
CU President Sadat speaking.
MONDALE: The personal relationship between the leaders of our government, including President Carter, and Prime Minister Begin are excellent. What differences we have in negotiation are not differences based on animosity or distrust, but honest differences between friends. And we fully accept the right of Israel to pursue its own interests and we are not interfering and would not interfere with the national independence or the independence of their leadership. And moreover we know they would not and should not permit us to do so.
SADAT: "When I called for the Cairo conference I said that it was a preparatory conference for Geneva. Because we shouldn't go to Geneva without good preparation because the failure in Geneva will be a great disaster."
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Background: The United States Vice-President, Walter Mondale, completed his goodwill mission to Israel and went on to Egypt on Monday (3 July) for talks with President Anwar sadat on establishing a lasting peace for the Middle East. Before leaving Israel Mr. Mondale admitted he had failed to get Israeli leaders to consider pulling out of occupied land on the West Bank and in Gaza.
SYNOPSIS: On Monday (3 July) when Vice-President Mondale arrived at the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Jerusalem there were demonstrators waiting for him. He said he was disappointed at the Israeli government's decision to stick to its announced position on the occupied territories. Mr. Mondale was still unsure as to whether Israel would attend a proposed three-party Foreign Ministers' conference in London later this month. He had been told that Israel's Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan would only go if Egypt set no preconditions for the talks.
Mr. Mondale by-passed the demonstrators and reiterated that the United States would not use economic or military aid to get Israel to change its stance.
In Alexandria, after his meeting with President Anwar Sadat, Mr. Mondale said that Egypt had agreed to the London meeting and he made no mention of Egyptian preconditions. Mr. Mondale said he was confident Israel would attend. Meanwhile President Sadat declined to comment on details of new Egyptian proposals which Mr. Mondale is carrying back to Washington. However Reuters quoted well-informed Egyptian sources as saying Egypt had modified proposals for the occupied territories to include an American and United Nations presence in the area. Later President Sadat told reporters about the latest peace moves.