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Begin Congratulates Sadat

Premier Menachem Begin sent a cable of congratulations today to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on the occasion of the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan. Sadat had spent the past week at Mt. Sinai in meditation. In the cable, Begin expressed the hope that God would grant full success to the efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East so that both the Israeli and Egyptian people could relate to each other as good neighbors.

Meanwhile, according to a report from Cairo, Ussama al-Baz, one of Sadat’s closest advisors and a Foreign Office undersecretary who has been closely involved in the peace negotiations, told reporters in Cairo yesterday that Egypt was not giving up its peace effort with Israel because Israel proclaimed undivided Jerusalem its capital. “We are not giving up on them (the Israelis), ” al-Baz was quoted as saying. “I would not say the situation is hopeless.”