The Egyptian President, Mr Anwar Sadat, said on Thursday that he believes a Middle East settlement is still possible and that he hopes for an early resumption of negotiations with Israel.
GV: Egyptian President Mr Anwar Sadat and party are welcomed by British Prime Minister James Callaghan on disembarking from aircraft (2 shots)
GV: Mr Sadat and party walk to car.
SV INTERIOR: President Sadat with Mr Callaghan and Dr David Owen take seats in airport lounge for press conference.
CU: Mr Callaghan speaking.
SV: Mr Sadat speaking and newsmen (2 shots)
CALLAGHAN: "The President has also re-emphasised in our conversation his acknowledgement of the security difficulties that confront Israel and his willingness and desire to ensure that in any peace arrangements that might be arrived at that Israel should be able to feel secure within her own borders. That as you know, to us is an important condition because we don't believe that unless we, I put it positively, I believe that unless Israel feels secure in her borders there cannot be real peace in the Middle East and the President, who I think adopts a very statesmanlike attitude in this matter, recognises that too and is ready to make the necessary arrangements."
SADAT:"If this mission will be the last mission for me as president I shall be doing and I shall be very happy. Well (indistinct) and the sentiments that I have received freely was something that I shall never forget and I as I told you, I shall never let the hopes of all those feelings, I shall not let it down. And as I told you yes (indistinct) we can reach an agreement. I have put six points for the security and I don't think any security can need more than that."
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Background: The Egyptian President, Mr Anwar Sadat, said on Thursday that he believes a Middle East settlement is still possible and that he hopes for an early resumption of negotiations with Israel. Mr Sadat was speaking at a press conference during a two-hour stop-over at London's Heathrow Airport during which he had talks with the British Prime Minister Mr James Callaghan. After the meeting, Mr Callaghan called for great flexibility by Israel, but also said that unless Israel felt secure, there could be no peace.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Callaghan and the British Foreign Secretary Dr David Owen met the Egyptian leader at Heathrow. Mr Sadat, who has just concluded talks in Washington with President Jimmy Carter later flew on to Hamburg to meet the West German Chancellor Herr Helmut Schmidt. At the news conference Mr Callaghan spoke of the need for Israel to feel secure under any settlement.