President Carter's special Middle East negotiator, Sol Linowitz, arrived in Jerusalem on Tuesday (16 December) on the second leg of his last mission to the region.
GV Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's home outside Cairo.
SV INT Special United States negotiator, Sol Linowitz, being greeted by President Sadat.
SCU PAN Linowitz seated next to U.S. Ambassador Alfred Atherton.
SV Linowitz and President Sadat, seated, and talking.
GV Linowitz down aircraft steps in Tel Aviv, greeted by U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Samuel Lewis, Israeli Interior Minister, Yosef Burg and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
GV Prime Minister Begins's office in Jerusalem.
SV Linowitz arrives with delegation.
SV INT Linowitz seated, talking with Prime Minister Begin. (2 SHOTS)
CU Linowitz addressing news men in English.
GV ZOOM IN Israeli and American delegates seated around table presided over by Mr. Linowitz and Mr. Burg. (5 SHOTS)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 10: LINOWITZ: "I think I have some satisfaction and some disappointment. I had hoped that we would have accomplished more by now. You remember originally we had hoped that May 26 would bring us to agreement and that date passed and I was disappointed and I think we were all disappointed. I must tell you that after I was hopeful that we could make greater progress than we have been able to make, but I must also tell you there's some reason for gratification that we have moved as far as we have in the spirit of co-operation. And I am particularly pleased with the strong sense of commitment that I feel both here and in Egypt to go forward with these negotiations and to try to achieve success."
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Background: President Carter's special Middle East negotiator, Sol Linowitz, arrived in Jerusalem on Tuesday (16 December) on the second leg of his last mission to the region. Mr. Linowitz flew to Israel after a meeting with Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, during which he assured Egypt that United States President-elect, Ronald Reagan, was committed to the Middle East peace process. Mr. Reagan is reported to be looking to assert a new emphasis on American foreign policy in the region, and to try to inject momentum into the stalled Palestinian autonomy talks.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Linowitz went to President Sadat's home outside Cairo to deliver an assurance that President-elect, Ronald Reagan, would support the American-sponsored Middle East peace effort. Mr. Reagan's victory in the November election had aroused fears in Egypt that the new administration might not be committed to the Camp David accords. The visit to President Sadat is the last Mr. Linowitz will undertake. He steps down when Mr. Reagan is inaugurated in january (1981). Before leaving for Israel he said he was convinced that "some day we will achieve the peaceful solution we all seek."
On Tuesday Mr. Linowitz flew to Tel Aviv for second stage of his mission. He was met by U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Samuel Lewis, the Israeli Interior Minister, Yosef Burg and Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
In Jerusalem, Mr. Linowitz arrived at Prime Minister Begin's office for his final found of talks with the Israeli government. The peace process bogged down this year because of the lack of progress in Palestinian autonomy negotiations. As Mr. Begin looked on, Mr. Linowitz spoke to newsmen about his disappointment over the negotiations.
One of Mr. Linowitz's last duties is to prepare a report on the current stage of the autonomy negotiations for Mr. Reagan. It's understood Mr. Reagan is considering a plan to included Jordan in the bogged down talks, but as Mr. Linowitz pointed out to the Israelis, the President-elect was not contemplating introducing any changes without the consent of both Egypt and Israel.