Egypt has announced it has excluded war from its strategy in the quest for Middle East peace.
SV: Sadat meeting American Clergymen and then all sit down.
CU: Sadat speaking
SADAT: "I am looking forward to the moment when Mr Begin and the Israelis cabinet can see again the correct inspiration that's behind my initiative. When I made my initiative I never would have done that like some analysers and politicians all over the world should say it should be arranged and I should have prepared everything with them beforehand so that they can receive the prize or I could have contacted my friend President Carter and told him well collect the prize for me after I've visited. Well I didn't do that, do that, of course Carter believed me, Carter is my dear friend. Carter was astonished on the day that he heard of my initiative, like other people all over the world. Well I'm sorry to say let me tell you quite frankly I have started this initiative really against all of the Arab world, the whole world, even some of my assistants here, my Foreign Minister here resigned and people opposed me because they refused to join me and well it didn't discourage me at all. I continued my initiative because I'm convinced that it is right to end the human suffering."
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Background: Egypt has announced it has excluded war from its strategy in the quest for Middle East peace. Dr Boutros Ghali, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said on Thursday (13 April) that Egypt's strategy has been and will continue to be negotiations and further negotiations to find a peaceful settlement of the Middle East conflict. At the same time President Anwar Sadat has been meeting with a group of visiting American church leaders at Aswan.
SYNOPSIS: The U.S. Clergymen were on a visit to the Middle East to pass on encouragement to President Sadat for his peace moves. The Sadat meeting was at Aswan, the area where a 37 million dollar loan deal with U.S.A. will finance a better irrigation system on the Nile.