The Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Butros Ghali, arrived in Rome on Tuesday (27 May) to deliver a message from President Anwar Sadat on Egypt's Middle East policies.
GV: Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister, Butros Ghali walks down aircraft steps at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport and is greeted by Egyptian Ambassador
GV: Official party walks through airport corridor
SV INTERIOR: Mr Ghali answers question in French
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Background: The Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Butros Ghali, arrived in Rome on Tuesday (27 May) to deliver a message from President Anwar Sadat on Egypt's Middle East policies. Italy is current chairman of the European Common Market, which discuss a possible role in the Middle East peace process at talks in June.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Ghali was met on arrival at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport by the Egyptian ambassador to Italy, Mr Ghali was to spend three days in Rome and to deliver the message to the Italian president, Mr Sandro Pertini. Egypt supports a European peace initiative provided it complements the Camp David accords signed with Israel and the United States in 1978.
Mr Ghali said the objective of his visit was to strengthen relations between Italy and Egypt. He said these were important because both countries border the Mediterranean, and Egypt and Italy shared the same civilisation and the same aspirations.
Mr Ghali said another aim of his visit was to meet the head of the European Community and discuss with him efforts for the Palestinian people and the aid which Egypt wanted to give to Palestine.
Mr Ghali said he also wished to discuss other problems, not limited to the Middle East, but pertaining to a large part of the world. These included African problems and Third World problems, such as the North-South dialogue.