Israeli and Egyptian ministers held their first direct meeting on Sunday (29 October at the resumed peace negotiations in Washington.
SV Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin speaking on telephone.
SV President Anwar Sadat of Egypt speaking on telephone.
SV Begin speaking and Sadat replying. (11 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: BEGIN: "Mr. President. Mr. President. Good evening Mr. President, I wish to congratulate you on the award of the Nobel Peace prize."
SEQ. 2: SADAT: "Thank you very much. Let me reciprocate and congratulate you."
SEQ. 3: BEGIN: "Thank you. That's very kind of you. You remember Mr. President when we were in Ismailia I told you the (INDISTINCT) was on the way to Stockholm. so already there, we took into consideration that possibility. And now Mr. President we both know that the real prize is peace itself."
SADAT: "Quite right. I quite agree with you. For sure. A new obligation on both of us to achieve peace in no time."
BEGIN: "I agree with you, yes. Mr. President, let our two delegations come together soon next week and let them resume negotiations until they r each a peace treaty and we shall sign it with your help."
SADAT: "I quite agree with you, and today my delegation contracted the Vice President and they will be ready to talk with your delegation so that we can achieve peace."
BEGIN: "Good. And then of course we shall invite President Carter to be with us. Then we shall invite President Carter to be with us."
SADAT: "For sure. He must attend."
BEGIN: "He deserves this absolutely."
SADAT: "I must say this really, he is the unknown solider behind all this."
BEGIN: "That's a very beautiful phrase. Well thank you very much Mr. President. And we hope to see each other on the ceremony of the signing of the peace treaty between us."
SADAT: "Thank you, thank you very much. Until we meet there. Thank you, 'bye."
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Background: Israeli and Egyptian ministers held their first direct meeting on Sunday (29 October at the resumed peace negotiations in Washington. It was the first since the Israeli Cabinet revised their version of the draft treaty and included Israel's intention to increase the number of settlers on the occupied West Bank. The contentions issue prompted President Anwar Sadat of Egypt to threaten to withdraw his negotiators. However the whole matter was relegated to the background with the announcement that the Nobel Peace prize had been awarded to Mr. Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin. At the weekend, the two exchanged greetings by telephone.