WASHINGTON (May. 21)
President Nixon has instructed Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger to stay in the Middle East as long as possible in his efforts to help bring about disengagement between Israeli and Syrian forces, the White House said today. The President’s instructions came in his communication earlier today with Kissinger who reported “good progress” in the negotiations for disengagement. White House Deputy Press Secretary Gerald Warren said.
“The President is pleased the outlook is very good.” Warren said. “Both the President and the Secretary are eager to make as much progress as possible.” The instructions for Kissinger to remain in the area are because “the efforts he is undertaking are of such importance,” Warren said. Kissinger has been in the Mideast 22 days, the longest stretch yet away from Washington. Nevertheless, according to Warren, he communicates with the State Department on other issues and is able to conduct other foreign policy business.