United States Secretary of State William Rogers on Tuesday held his second round of talks with Lebanese leaders on the Middle East crisis.
INTRODUCTION OFF FILM
CU Rogers interviewed (SOUND: "The statement I made in 1969...implementing that resolution....
...on a bi-lateral basis."
LV Car leaves
Minister Abu Hamad (male, centre with glasses) and other officials
LV Rogers and wife wave from plane doorway
MV Minister Hamad and others wave PAN TO 'plane taxi-ing.
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 1: ROGERS: (We've tried to make our position clear in)....."the statement I made in 1969. I would suggest that you read it. I think the progress that we've made in the last year towards peace is substantial, and if we could keep the momentum going, and we could get people thinking about peace, if they realised the great potential that peace offers, when we think there is a chance of making some progress. As far as we're concerned, particularly President Nixon, our leader, he has said in his foreign policy report that he has a position which is fair, and which we believe does support the Security Council resolution, and what we're trying to do is to see whether progress can be made in implementing that resolution."
REPORTER: "There's been a lot of discussion of American-Lebanese relations in your tour...."
ROGERS: "Yes, we've had a good discussion on bi-lateral relations, our relations are excellent. You know we have a great many Lebanese people in the United States, as a matter of fact one of my most capable assistants on this visit is Lebanese. Our relations are excellent, there is great respect in the United States for the Lebanon and the people of the Lebanon, and I think I don't know that we have any real problems with the Lebanon on a bi-lateral basis."
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Background: United States Secretary of State William Rogers on Tuesday held his second round of talks with Lebanese leaders on the Middle East crisis.
The film includes a statement from him on leaving the Lebanese Foreign Ministry, after he had conferred with Foreign Minister Khalil Abu Hamad. Earlier he and Mr. Joseph Sisco, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, had talks with President Suleiman Franjieh and Prime Minister Saeb Salam.
Secretary of State Rogers arrived in Beirut on Monday on the third leg of his Middle East tour. Today he continues the highest-level talks for many years between the U.S. and Egypt in Cairo.
This was the brief statement made by Mr. Rogers to reporters after his talks with Lebanon's Foreign Minister: