Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, and Prime Minister menachem Begin of Israel both arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington on Tuesday (5 September) on the eve of the Camp David summit.
MV: President Sadat of Egypt and United States Vice President Walter Mondale walk across tarmac at Andrew's Air Force Base.
SV Mondale listens as Sadat addresses officials (2 shots)
SV Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shakes hands with officials at airport.
GV and CU: Begin speaking in English (3 shots).
SADAT: "We come here at the challenge is tremendous, but we have no choice but to accept the challenge. We cannot afford to fail the hopes of nations all over the world. No-one has the right to block the road to peace. This is no time for manoeuvre and worn-out ideas. It is time for magnanimity and reason. I pray to God Almighty to guide us in this great endeavour and enable us to achieve the noble goal which inspired President Carter to call for this conference."
Two hours later, Mr. Begin arrived and addressed officials who had gathered at Andrews Air Base to welcome him.
BEGIN: "There is no doubt that this fifth meeting with President Carter and third (with) President Sadat is the most important, the most momentous of them all. We are grateful to the President for the hospitality he bestows upon us in his retreat at Camp David. And let us all hope that out of that unique political conclave a day will come when the nations of the world will say "habemus pacem" - we have peace."
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Background: Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, and Prime Minister menachem Begin of Israel both arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington on Tuesday (5 September) on the eve of the Camp David summit. President Jimmy Carter of the United States, who will host the Middle East peace talks, arrived at Camp David a day before the two leaders. He said that, while there was no reason for despair, the chances for complete success at the summit were very remote and failure could endanger peace.
SYNOPSIS: United States Vice President Walter Mondale was on hand to greet President Sadat.