Chancellor Bruno Kreisky of Austria met on Wednesday (3 October 1973) for an hour with Egyptian Tourism Minister Ismail Fahmy.
SV People standing outside Kreisky's office.
SCU Egyptian Minister speaking to press
SV Egyptian Minister out of building & into car
GV Car away.
"I have come to Austria with a written message from my President to the Chancellor. And w understand and resect the decision of the Government of Austria, and we are sure that they took this decision after serious consideration, knowing all the circumstances around this particular problems."
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Background: Chancellor Bruno Kreisky of Austria met on Wednesday (3 October 1973) for an hour with Egyptian Tourism Minister Ismail Fahmy. The visitor was bearing a special message from President Anwar Sadat, expressing "warm appreciation" for Austria's announced intention to close the Schoenau transit camp for Soviet Jews on their way to Israel.
Dr Kreisky offered to shut down the facility after Arab guerrillas threatened to kill four Jewish hostages at Vienna Airport last Friday (28 September 1973). He has since rejected a personal appeal from Israeli Premier Mrs Golda Meir to rescind his decision. But no date has yet been given for the final closure of Schoenau, and Soviet emigrants are continuing to be processed there.
Mr Fahmi, who was chosen to convey President Sadat's thanks, was Egyptian Ambassador to Austria until last year.
SYNOPSIS: Egypt's Tourism Minister Ismail Fahmi mat Chancellor Kreisky of Austria on Wednesday. Afterwards he spoke to press.
The Egyptian Minister has met with the Chancellor for an hour. Mr Fahmi, a former Ambassador to austria, was chosen by President Sadat to convey his thanks for the announced intention to close the Schoenau transit camp for Soviet Jews on their way to Israel. Dr Kreisky made the offer when Arab guerrillas seized four Jewish hostages in Vienna last week.