President Nixon met high-ranking Egyptian envoy Mr. Hafez Ismail in Washington on Friday (23 February),?
SV & CU Nixon and Ismail seated
MV Ismail PAN TO Nixon
SV Both men
SV PAN Ismail out of car at State Department
MV Rogers and Ismail shaking hands
SCU Ismail and Rogers talking and posing for cameras
SCU Ismail talks to reporters.
ISMAIL: "Well, I had very extensive and very frank talks with the Secretary of State concerning the relations between our two countries, and the situation of the Middle East that we see at the present time. I think it was a very useful discussion."
REPORTER: "Do you think your visit here has brought any progress?"
REPORTER: "Could you tell us what kind of progress?"
ISMAIL: "More relaxed relations with the United States."
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Background: President Nixon met high-ranking Egyptian envoy Mr. Hafez Ismail in Washington on Friday (23 February), and told him the United States wanted to move the Arab-Israel dispute "off dead centre" and help to bring a permanent settlement in the Middle East. Later, Mr. Ismail held talks with U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers.
Mr. Ismail, National Security Adviser to President Anwar Sadat -- and sometimes known as Egypt's 'Dr. Kissinger' -- said one result of his visit was more relazed relations with the United States.
The meetings were swiftly arranged by President Sadat after Mr. Roger said last week he would welcome a visit by a high level Egyptian official. The United States has had no diplomatic relations with Egypt since the 1967 Middle East war.
This film shows highlights of the two meetings, and includes sound-on-film of Mr. Ismail's comments to reporters after he had left Mr. Rogers.