United States Special Envoy Philip Habib met Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Jerusalem on January 21.
1. SV Israeli Defence Minister Ariel Sharon arriving at Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem 0.07
2. SV Special U.S. Envoy Philip Habib arriving with other U.S. officials 0.23
3. GV EXTERIOR Defence Ministry (2 shots) 0.30
4. GV Philip Habib arriving at Prime Minister's office 0.54
5. GV INTERIOR Philip Habib seated with Begin (2 shots) 1.07
6. GV Philip Habib leaving premises 1.16
7. SV Prime Minister Menachem Begin leaving and driving off 1.35
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United States Special Envoy Philip Habib met Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin in Jerusalem on January 21. Before the meeting, Mr. Habib also had talks with Israeli Defence Minister Ariel Sharon and Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir. News of the talks strengthened earlier reports of progress in the Middle East peace negotiations between Israel and Lebanon, in which the United States is acting as mediator. Mr. Habib was sent to the region to try to speed up an agreement over the of foreign troops from Lebanon. Israel's demand that warning stations manned by its own troops be set up in Southern Lebanon to prevent the return of Palestinian forces to the area has been deemed unacceptable to the Lebanese. According to Israeli Radio, Mr. Habib told Mr. Shamir the United States would not support the Israeli demand. Israeli officials now say the two parties are nearing agreement on ending propaganda against each other. They are also said to have found common ground for the establishment of liaison networks once Israeli troops--which invaded Lebanon last June--have finally withdrawn from the region.
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