INTRODUCTION: Former United States Secretary of State, Dr.
GV Former United States Secretary of State, Doctor Henry Kissinger arriving at Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, and chanting with newsmen
SVs AND GVs Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin chats informally with Doctor Kissinger as ideas and newsmen look on (3 shots)
CU AN GV Doctor Kissinger speaking in English and answering questions (2 shots)
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT) SEQUENCE 4: KISSINGER: "I think it is essential for the United States to establish some physical presence in the Indian Ocean area, so that the situation does not continue in which the only people that are seen are Soviets and Soviet proxy forces. Where these bases are located must be negotiated between the countries concerned--well I wouldn't even call them bases--where these facilities are located, should be negotiated between the countries concerned and the United States and that is not anything in which I have any competence. I repeat, it is "my judgement that Egypt will not agree to grant facilities in the edge of an airbase."
REPORTER: ".....Begin in that possible diplomatic direction?"
KISSINGER: "Well, of course the Jordanian option is foreseen in the Camp David agreement, in the sense of Jordanian participation. And I'm not here trying to convince anybody of any particular approach, I'm here trying to understand what the current situation is and then I will give my views to, whoever."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Former United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, says it is essential for Americans to counter the Soviet presence in the Indian Ocean. Dr. Kissinger is at present on a private visit to the Middle East, during which he has already met the leaders of Egypt, Somalia and Israel. After discussions with Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin on Sunday (4 January), Dr. Kissinger said the subject of port facilities should be discussed between the United States and countries concerned.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Kissinger came to Jerusalem as a private citizen, not as a representative of the future Reagan administration. But his six-nation tour has brought back memories of his shuttle diplomacy under President Nixon and Ford. Dr. Kissinger says he will be reporting back to President-elect Ronald Reagan after his current tour. With Israel's Prime Minister Begin, Dr. Kissinger discussed the Middle East situation. No details were released, but at later news conference Dr. Kissinger said the United States should seek a stronger military presence in the area.