JERUSALEM (Feb. 12)
Shimon Peres, leader of the Labor Alignment, met with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt for two hours in Salzburg, Austria yesterday. He told Israeli correspondents later that Sadat said he had “gone too far” along the road to a peace settlement with Israel to pull back now. Sadat himself told reporters, “I am determined to pursue the road to peace with all vigor” but declined to say when the suspended Egyptian-Israeli negotiations will be resumed.
Peres said in interviews with the Israel Army Radio and Yediot Achronot that he had detected some new moderation in Sadat’s positions but there are still “many mountains and hills” to be crossed before peace is achieved. Peres stopped in Salzburg on his way to Vienna to attend the Socialist International conference which opened there today.
His meeting with Sadat was arranged by Chancellor Bruno Kreisky of Austria. It was his second encounter with the Egyptian leader since their brief talk when Sadat visited Jerusalem last November. Peres told reporters that his meeting was approved by Premier Menachem Begin and that he would brief Begin on it fully when he returns to Israel.