Following six rounds of talks within a week between Israeli leaders and American Secretary of State Doctor Kissinger, prospects for a disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces on the Golan Heights seem brighter.
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EBAN: "We've had a very good meeting in which we heard reports form Secretary Kissinger about his visits to Saudi Arabia and Egypt. We've reviewed the situation in the light of these reports, we've also continued our very detailed and concrete analysis of the elements involved in the disengagement agreement. The Secretary has a feeling, and we have a feeling, that this is progress. I don't want to say that I would project what the outcome would be, but we are now in a concrete and not general state. We're going to continue our meetings in this building tomorrow night."
REPORTER: "Did you receive anything form the Syrians to which to respond?"
EBAN: "As I've said the Secretary's visit was in Saudi Arabia and in Egypt. We've read his reports from Damascus from the day before, and all these reports are material for us in our review of the situation."
REPORTER: "Secretary Kissinger, how would you sum up your talks in Cairo and Riad, Sir?"
KISSINGER: "I have nothing to add to what Foreign Minister Eban said."
PERES: "At this afternoon's meeting, the Secretary of State told about his talks in Saudi Arabia and in Egypt and in the light of his report we reviewed the situation at the given moment, for the time being. As a matter of affect we are going to continue our discussion tomorrow night and on Sunday morning the Secretary will go to (indistinct) and on the very some day to Jerusalem where we shall continue our negotiations."
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Background: Following six rounds of talks within a week between Israeli leaders and American Secretary of State Doctor Kissinger, prospects for a disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces on the Golan Heights seem brighter. Israeli officials and Kissinger aides express the hopes Friday (May 10) after the last round of talks. A senior American aide even went as far as to say that chances of reaching agreement were better than even. Indications are that Doctor Kissinger has set next Tuesday (May 14) as the day by which he should know if his mission should come to an end.
After his talks with Israeli leaders, Doctor Kissinger and Foreign Minister Abba Eban spoke briefly to newsmen. Later Information Minister Peres was asked for his comments.