Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who is thought to be acting as an intermediary between Egypt's President Sadat and other Arab leaders opposed to the Egyptian peace initiative with Israel, arrived in Damascus on Monday (31 July) for discussions with Syria's President Assad.
(IN EGYPT) SV PAN: President Sadat greeting Crown Prince Fahd.
CU AND SV: President Sadat seated with Crown Prince Fahd (2 shots)
SV: Mr Riad, Secretary General of Arab League (on right of picture) seated with Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel and others (3 shots)
SV PAN OF: Crown Prince Fahd getting into helicopter to leave for Syria.
(IN SYRIA) (SILENT) SV: Crown Prince Fahd seated with President Assad PAN TO Syrian Foreign Minister Khaddam.
American's Special Envoy, Alfred Atherton, had a final round of talks in Egypt on Tuesday (1 August) in an effort to clarify Egypt's position, before flying on to Jerusalem for discussions with the Israelis. the United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, is due in Israel on Saturday (5 August) and is scheduled to go on to Alexandria the following Monday (7 August) for more talks with President Sadat.
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Background: Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia, who is thought to be acting as an intermediary between Egypt's President Sadat and other Arab leaders opposed to the Egyptian peace initiative with Israel, arrived in Damascus on Monday (31 July) for discussions with Syria's President Assad.
SYNOPSIS: Prince Fahd had spent three days in Egypt, talking with President Sadat and senior Egyptian Government officials. Observers see his task as bringing Arab leader??? closer together to try and establish a common front in their dealings with israel. One influential Egyptian newspaper commented that the Prince's visit was of particular importance at this time, because President Sadat had now stopped direct contacts with israel.
The Secretary of the Arab League, Mr. Riad - on the right of the picture - attended some of the discussions with the Prince, as did Egypt's Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Kamel.
Crown Prince Fahd, who is Saudi Arabia's First Deputy Premier, left Alexandria on Monday (31 July) and flew straight to Damascus. It is thought he took a personal message from President Sadat to President Assad of Syria. President Assad is strongly opposed to Egyptian peace initiatives. But his position may be closer to Egypt's now that President Sadat has rejected any further direct talks with israel before the Return of all occupied Arab territories.