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Klutznick Feels Sadat, Begin Cooperating Now More Than Ever

July 19, 1979
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Philip M. Klutznick, president of the World Jewish Congress, who arrived here after visiting Egypt, said that from what he was told by President Anwar Sadat he had the “impression” that the Egyptian leader and Premier Menachem Begin “are cooperating now more than ever.”

Klutznick, who traveled throughout Egypt on his 10-day visit, said that he found that not only the leadership but the Egyptian people wanted peace. The WJC president went to Egypt in response to a long-standing invitation from Sadat. He also held discussions with Vice President Hosni Mubarak, Prime Minister Mustapha Khalil, Presidential advisor Sayed Moerei, and Minister of State Mansour Hassan.

Much of his discussions with Egyptian officials centered on economic development, Klutznick said. He said he feels that the huge Egyptian development projects, especially in the Suez Canal area, are indicative of Egypt’s real desire for peace.

While in Egypt, Klutznick met with Jewish leaders in Cairo and Alexandria. He also said that he met many American Jewish tourists while in Egypt. He said there has been increased Jewish tourism, especially from the United States since the Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement was signed. Klutznick, who will be spending five days in Israel, will be discussing his impressions of Egypt during his scheduled meetings with Begin and other Israeli officials.

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