In Austria on Saturday (11 February), the Austrian Chancellor, Dr. Bruno Kreisky, fulfilled a personal?
EXTERIOR GV ZOOM OUT Schloss Klesheim in Salzburg, Austria
INTERIOR GV: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat seated with Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky. Israeli Labour Party Chairman Shimon Peres enters and shakes Kreisky's hand.
GV: Sadat talking to Press, ZOOM TO SCU, PULL BACK TO GV Sadat and Peres.
President Sadat was in Austria on the closing stage of a tour that had taken him to Morocco, the United States, Britain, and West Germany. The Egyptian president will also visit Romania, France and Italy before returning home. The purpose of the tour has been to explain his position on the negotiations with Israel and to try and win support for that standpoint. Meanwhile the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs, Mr Alfred Atherton, is about to start a new round of shuttle diplomacy to try and get the peace talks resumed.
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Background: In Austria on Saturday (11 February), the Austrian Chancellor, Dr. Bruno Kreisky, fulfilled a personal ambition by bringing together Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and the Israeli opposition leader, Mr Shimon Peres, for a brief meeting. Dr Kreisky, who takes a keen interest in Middle East affairs, has worked discreetly behind the scenes for four years to set up a meeting between Israeli and Arab politicians in neutral Austria. Until now he has been rebuffed, mainly by the Israelis.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place on the outskirts of the Austrian town of Salzburg in the Schloss Klesheim, a mansion built in the 17th century.
Egyptian President Sadat, who agreed to the meeting early last week, waited with Dr Kreisky for the arrival of Mr Peres who was in Austria for a Socialist International seminar.
The Austrian Chancellor then left the two politicians to a private round of talks which lasted an hour. The talks were the first extended discussions between the two men since they met briefly during President Sadat's historic trip to Jerusalem last November. Egyptian sources said later that Mr Sadat used the talks to sound out new ways to resuming the Middle East political negotiations between Egypt and Israel. The negotiations broke down last month when President Sadat recalled the Egyptian delegation in the face of Israeli insistence on retaining Jewish settlements in occupied Arab lands. Although officials at the meeting insisted that Mr Peres was not acting for the Israeli government, the former interim premier later confirmed that he had cleared his talks beforehand with Israel's present prime minister, Mr Menachem Begin.