Egypt's Foreign Minister Boutros Ghali said in Cairo on Thursday (22 March) that Egypt has started talks with 'various Palestinian movements' to persuade them to negotiate with Israel.
CU Egyptian President Anwar Sadat speaking to reporters in English
SADAT: "My personal feeling I have already stated before, this is (United States President) Carter's show. It is neither (Israeli Prime Minister Menachem) Begin's nor mine show. This is my personal opinion. So my opinion: why not sign the three copies there, because the man, or the unknown soldier, as I have already stated before, is President Carter. Behind which, this is my personal idea."
REPORTER: "There has been some discussion about the fate of Jerusalem in the near future. Mr. Begin is quoted as saying he would like to have, maybe, a truce on the word 'War', regarding the future of Jerusalem. Would you go along with that?"
SADAT: "Well, step by step, let us in the first hand, sign the treaty. And, as I have stated before, and am happy that Begin recognised the fact, the real peace process starts after the signing, and the singing is not the climax; it is only the beginning. So we shall have Jerusalem. We shall have lots...we shall have problems, lots of problems to solve. And, I am always optimistic, as I told you before."
REPORTER: "Thank you, Mr. President."
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Background: Egypt's Foreign Minister Boutros Ghali said in Cairo on Thursday (22 March) that Egypt has started talks with 'various Palestinian movements' to persuade them to negotiate with Israel. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat said the same day that credit for the latest momentum in pushing Egypt and Israel towards signing a peace treaty should go to President Carter.