TEL AVIV (Feb. 2)
The Israeli delegation, headed by Defense Minister Ezer Weizman, returned to Israel this afternoon following adjournment of the second phase of the joint military talks with Egypt in Cairo which lasted less than two days. Neither Weizman nor his Egyptian counterpart, War Minister Mohammed Gamassy, would comment on the substance of the latest meetings.
An official communique issued in Cairo last night announced that the talks had been adjourned and that both sides would make arrangements to resume them. No date was given.
Weizman told reporters on his plane enroute to Ben Gurion Airport that the talks would be resumed later this month. Israeli circles believe the military committee will reconvene in about two weeks, when President Anwar Sadat returns from his meeting with President Carter at Camp David, Md. and his visits to seven other countries which he began today.
At Cairo airport, Gamassy asked Weizman to “remember me to Begin.” Weizman said, “We shall meet again soon.” A small Israeli military delegation remained in Cairo headed by Col. Eliezer Rimon, an aide to Gen. Abraham Tamir who is a member of the Israeli negotiating team.
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of State Alfred Atherton, who had been shuttling between Jerusalem and Cairo for the past two weeks in an effort to get both sides to agree to a declaration of principles on peace negotiations, left here today to return to Washington. His mission did not succeed.