Israel agreed on Saturday evening (18 May) that significant progress had bee made by U.S.?
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SHIMON PERES: "...and our impression, as the Israeli zone, that significant progress has been made in those talks. As you know, the Syrian side as well as the israeli side, are now considering the American proposals and as I understood it, the Syrians are rather receptive to the American ideas and principles. We are going to report tomorrow morning to our own Cabinet the summary of the Secretary of State's discussions in Damascus and we shall probably meet tomorrow afternoon again, before the Secretary departs on Monday for to continue the negotiations in Syria."
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Background: Israel agreed on Saturday evening (18 May) that significant progress had bee made by U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger in the disengagement talks with Syria.
Dr. Kissinger returned to Jerusalem from Damascus, apparently with a tentative Syrian acceptance of proposals for a disengagement agreement. He went into two hours of talks with the Israeli negotiating team, headed by Premier Golda Meir.
The Secretary of State's report on his discussions with the Syrians was to be put before the Israeli Cabinet meeting on Sunday (19 May) and Dr. Kissinger was to return to Damascus for the seventh time on Monday (20 May).
Israeli Information Minister, Shimon Peres said the possibility of a disengagement agreement hinged on the fact that both Syria and Israel were ready to consider American proposals.