Plans are going ahead for next month's (5 - 10 September) tripartite summit with the leaders of Israel and Egypt and the United States to be held at Camp David, the American Presidential retreat near Washington.
GV: Secretary of State for United States Mr. Cyrus Vance. down aircraft steps and being greeted in Washington.
CU: Vance speaking in English.
GV: Prime Minister Israel Begin arriving in Old Government Headquarters in Quiviat, Tel Aviv.
GV: United States Envoy Mr. William Quant arriving and entering.
GV: Begin leaving and making statement in English. (2 shots)
JOHN DANCY: "Secretary of State Vance returned to Washington late this afternoon. He'll report to President Carter tomorrow morning on his talks with Prime Minister begin and President Sadat. The Administration is still insisting that neither Begin nor Sadat made any concessions to Vance, but there is nevertheless a lot of speculation that there must have been some assurances that the summit would produce results.
VANCE (SEQ 2): "The response and the enthusiasm of the response reflects, I believe, the deep conviction of both President Sadat and Prime Minister Begin that they deeply desire progress in the search for peace and we look forward to meeting them shortly, when they will be arriving here."
Israel's Prime Minister Menachem Begin, interrupted his holiday on Wednesday (9 August) to return to the old government headquarters in Quiriat, Tel Aviv, to begin planning Israel's negotiating policy for the Camp David Summit.
Mr. William Quant of the United States National Security Council met Mr Begin to report on the meeting between Mr. Vance and President Sadat in Alexandria on Tuesday (8 August). Each side was kept informed of how the negotiations for the summit were progressing.
"(I was informed....) about the talks the Secretary of State held in Alexandria with President of Egypt, Mr. Sadat. And tomorrow I shall inform the cabinet about this important information. We hope indeed that the conference will convene at Camp David on the 5th of September. The Israel delegation probably will leave on the 3rd of September."
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Background: Plans are going ahead for next month's (5 - 10 September) tripartite summit with the leaders of Israel and Egypt and the United States to be held at Camp David, the American Presidential retreat near Washington. The summit has been called a last ditch attempt to salvage Middle East Peace negotiations. The American Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, who delivered President Jimmy Carter's invitations to Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat said that the United States had finally decided to act as a full partner in the search for a Middle East peace. The National Broadcasting Company's John Dancy reports, from Washington.