Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustapha Khalil, said on Monday (10 September) that the basic details for the implementation of Palestinian autonomy could be decided as soon as next May.
GV: Strauss and wife down steps, greeted and walked to car.
SV: Night scenes press taking photos as Strauss gets out of car at Alexandria meeting. (3 shots)
GV AND SVs: Meeting in sessions Strauss and Sadat talking. (3 shots)
SV Sadat speaking to press in English.
TRANSCRIPT: STRAUSS:"A very pleasant hour and a half, a lovely time."
SADAT: "And I gave Bob all the details to put President Carter. our dear friend, in the full picture of what has taken place. We have discussed the future plans, as I told you, on the basis of partnership as the three countries are full partners in this peace process for the achievement of a comprehensive settlement. And as I have agreed with Premier Begin, I have agreed also with my friend, Bob, that Camp David and the treaty between Egypt and Israel is the very solid cornerstone for the comprehensive settlement that we have dedicated ourselves to accomplish."
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Background: Egyptian Prime Minister, Mustapha Khalil, said on Monday (10 September) that the basic details for the implementation of Palestinian autonomy could be decided as soon as next May. Speaking at the end of a two day visit by U.S. Middle East Envoy, Robert Strauss, Mr. Khalil said Egypt was trying to find ways to speed up negotiations so that progress could be made at this month's autonomy talks in Alexandria.
SYNOPSIS: American Envoy Robert ??? arrived in Cairo on Sunday (9 September) for briefing on last week's talks in Israel between Egypt's President Sadat and Israeli premier, Menachem Begin. He wanted to know whether the meeting of the two leaders had paved the way for any new peace initiatives on the question of Palestinian autonomy.
Later, Mr. Strauss discussed with President Sadat the diverging attitudes of Egypt and Israel towards Palestinian self-government. Egypt is known to favour a wider degree of autonomy, but the two men were optimistic about an eventual Egypt-Israel agreement.