From this meeting, we learn that when it came time for the Egyptians to respond to Israeli ideas, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat kept very tight control over his advisers’ input. The Egyptian delegation’s frustration at being ignored by their President appears in this summary. They wanted more than just an Egyptian-Israeli agreement; they wanted Palestinian self-determination, return of Jerusalem, and Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank. For example, Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel points out that the draft under review does not “state the illegality of settlements.” Secretary of State Cyrus Vance reassures the Egyptians that “President Carter will make a speech which will include a reference to [the US] long-standing view that settlements are illegal.” (sources)
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