The United States' Secretary of State, Mr William Rogers, held talks in Cairo yesterday and today (May 4 and 5), with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mr Mahmoud Riad, aimed at bringing about peace in the Middle East and a re-opening of the Suez Canal.
SV Rogers & wife down aircraft steps & greeted
LV Russian plane on tarmac
LV Rogers & newsmen away from aircraft
LV Party towards building
SV Cairo airport sign on building ZOOM INTO SCU
SV INT. Rogers towards
SV Newsmen crowd in
SCU Rogers makes statement
GV INT. Rogers moves away followed by pressmen
SV Motorcade drives away
SCU & LV Egyptian Foreign Affairs spokesman makes statement
TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Mr Rogers' arrival at Cairo airport was notably lacking in pomp and ceremony on the part of the Egyptians. There was no military guard of honour, and quite a small party of Government representatives to great the Secretary of State. He was met by the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Mr Mahmoud Riad. Appropriately, a Russian airliner was nearby, on the airfield -- a reminder of the major power which finances Egypt and undoubtably has great influence over any possible negotiations with Mr Rogers or anyone else. Some observers think the Russians may be bringing pressure on the Egyptians to co-operate with Mr Rogers in trying to get the Suez Canal re-opened, because this would favour Russian naval interests. There was so little formality at the airport that Mr Rogers' brief statement had a somewhat chaotic start".
SEQ 8: ROGERS: "We are prepared to explore with Egypt and Israel in a concrete way the possibility of an interim agreement on the opening of the Suez Canal which we hope will contribute to a final settlement. I believe that Egyptians and Americans have in common the trait of seeking practical solutions to even the most difficult, complex and highly emotional problems".
REPORTER: "Unlike Beirut, Cairo provided a minimum of security for Mr Rogers' departure from the airport. His drive was not marked by demonstrations for or against his visit. After Mr Rogers' opening talks with the Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister, an Egyptian Foreign Affairs spokesman said both sides were eager to reach a peace based on justice, and that was why Mr Riad thought Mr Rogers' visit could contribute to peace".
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Background: The United States' Secretary of State, Mr William Rogers, held talks in Cairo yesterday and today (May 4 and 5), with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mr Mahmoud Riad, aimed at bringing about peace in the Middle East and a re-opening of the Suez Canal. Mr Rogers said later the talks were "very useful and constructive", and an Egyptian Foreign Affairs spokesman said Mr Riad thought Mr Rogers' visit would contribute to peace.
This film, showing Mr Rogers' arrival and reception at Cairo airport yesterday, had a voice-over-film commentary by British Broadcasting Corporation reporter Michael Clayton. For translation purposes a transcript of his commentary, and a statement by Mr Rogers to newsmen at the airport, is included on the commentary page of this script.