INTRODUCTION: President Reagan has rejected a plea for Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for the United States to recognise the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in an attempt to achieve peace in the Middle East.
GV Reagan speaking.
SV Sadat speaking. (English)
GV ZOOM IN Reagan bidding Sadat farewell and Sadat leaving by limousine.
SPEECH ON CASSETTE (TRANSCRIPT)
SEQ. 1: REAGAN: "The president's (INDISTINCT) has now ended, and I want to say how valuable our exchanges have been,and how encouraged I am at the progress that h as been made. And how much I personally have learned from President Sadat about the complexities of the problems that we all face in seeking a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. I am greatly impressed with his intimate knowledge, and his passionate concern. Our talks covered three general areas. First, the growing threat to the region by the growth of Soviet military power,and the activities of Soviet surrogates in the Near East, South West Africa and Africa. The second issue, which was stressed in great detail, was the peace process. And here, to be completely candid, I was a willing listener. We are both anxious to ensure that the negotiating process, stemming from the Camp David agreements, will resume and succeed. President Sadat has urged that the United States continue to play an important role in this process and this we will do."
SEQ. 2: SADAT: "I certainly agree ... total agreement with what President Reagan said. If I am to add anything, it is expressing my deep gratitude to President Reagan for the kind invitation to meet with him, and to survey all the problems that we are facing together, and then to meet again with the American people, with whom I cherish really the full right to be friends..."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Reagan has rejected a plea for Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for the United States to recognise the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in an attempt to achieve peace in the Middle East. The two leaders, however, have renewed their countries' commitment to Palestinian autonomy talks in which the PLO has not bee involved. These talks, on the political fate of 1.2 million Palestinians on the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza, were suspended last November because of the U.S. and Israeli elections. The second round of talks between Mr. Reagan and President Sadat on Thursday (6 August) were said to have cleared the way for an early resumption of the autonomy talks after Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin visits Washington next month (September). President Reagan and Mr. Sadat summed up some of the benefits of their talks.
SYNOPSIS: President Reagan and U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig had both emphasised that Washington had pledged Israel not to deal with the PLO unless the organisation accepted Israel's right to exist. Mr. Sadat was due to return to Cairo on Sunday (9 August).