The United State's special Middle East Envoy, Alfred Atherton, has been struggling to bring the israelis and Egyptians nearer to a peace settlement.
GV Foreign Ministry in Cairo
CU United States Special Envoy Alfred Atherton speaking to newsmen (TWO SHOTS
ATHERTON: "Specifically, we have discussed the three issues relating to the text of the peace treaty which have ben the focus of my and Mr Hansel's mission, and we have conveyed the Israeli views in some cases on these. We have listened to the Egyptian views. I will be looking forward to meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Khalil at some point during my visit here, and we will continue these discussions in that context."
REPORTER: "How long do you expect to be staying in town?"
ATHERTON: "I have not yet fixed a time for departure. That will depend on a number of factors, and I cannot give you an answer to that today. On the question of this bilateral matter, I would refer you to the statement I made upon my departure yesterday from Israel, where I explained as much as I'm going to be able to explain publicly what those discussions were about."
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Background: The United State's special Middle East Envoy, Alfred Atherton, has been struggling to bring the israelis and Egyptians nearer to a peace settlement. He arrived in Egypt, from Israel, on Wednesday (24 January). He has been telling reporters that, although his attention is focused on issues related to the proposed peace treaty, the linking of such a treaty to future self-rule for the West Bank of Jordan and Gaza Strip is not on his agenda.