Dr. Kurt Waldheim, Untied Nations Secretary General, arrived in Cairo on Friday (August 31st) from?
SV Cairo airport terminal.
SV Waldheim leaves plane and greeted by official, then El Zayyat. They walk from plane to terminal (2 shots)
SV People waving.
Dr. Waldheim:"I'm coming here in a difficult moment in the history of efforts to solve the Middle East problems. The efforts inside and outside the Untied Nations to solve the problems have failed until now, but we in the Untied Nations have a very clear mandate to solve this problem. The purpose of my visit is therefore to consult with the government of Egypt means and ways how we can overcome the present difficulties and what the Untied Nations and I, as Secretary General, can do in order to contribute to a solution of this problem. It is in the spirit that I'm looking for ward very much to my talks with the leaders of your country.
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Background: Dr. Kurt Waldheim, Untied Nations Secretary General, arrived in Cairo on Friday (August 31st) from Israel, still explaining his unfortunate reference to Jerusalem as Israel's capitol. As he disembarked at Cairo Airport, the local Untied Nations office distributed a press release citing the U.N. position and quoting the Secretary General as saying, "Obviously it was not my intention to deviate form that position."
Nevertheless, the authoritative newspaper Al Ahram said that President Anwar Sadat had instructed the Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammed El Zayyat, to seek a new clarification form Dr. Waldheim as to his attitude towards Jerusalem.
Dr. Waldheim has two days in Cairo to smooth his relations with President Sadat and carry forward any opening obtained in Israel that could lead to fresh bargaining. His swing through the Middle East has already taken him to Syria and Lebanon, as well as Israel. He commented further of the purpose of his tour at Cairo Airport.
SYNOPSIS: Arriving from Israel, Untied Nations Secretary General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim was still explaining his unfortunate reference to Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The pleasant greeting from Egyptian Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohammed el Zayyat and other officials gave no indication of diplomatic strain, but the local Untied Nations offices felt it necessary to distribute a statement from Dr. Waldsheim, citing the official U.N. position, which he supported. The Secretary General has two days in Cairo to smooth relations and further any openings made in Israel. His tour of the Middle East has already taken him to Syria and Lebanon as well as to Israel. Talks with President Sadat in Cairo are a key point in the tour. Dr. Waldheim commented on the purpose of his visit at Cairo Airport.