WASHINGTON (Aug. 28)
The United States expects Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Premier Menachem Begin to arrive at Camp David Sept. 5, for their Mideast summit conference with President Carter, and “the major part of the meeting” will begin the following day, the State Department said today.
Some confusion on the timing arose when it became known Sadat would be in Paris Sept. 4 for a talk with French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing on the following day. However, differences in the time zones and fast trans-Atlantic travel could still allow Sadat to be here as planned.
At the White House, spokeswoman Claudia Townsend said, “We expect everybody to be at Camp David September 5.” State Department spokesman Kenneth Brown said a press center is being established in the American Legion Hall in Thurmont, Maryland near Camp David. Such arrangements were made for Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev’s Camp David visit in 1973.
Whether Sadat will participate in a meeting on a Friday, Begin on a Saturday and Carter on a Sunday was a question not yet answered here, nor was there any serious speculation on the possible length of the meeting.
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