Middle East: Quiet Talks by the Sea

The Alexandria duet takes a forward step "I am always optimistic by nature," said the President. "I am a born optimist," replied the Prime Minister.

Thus ended, on a cautiously encouraging note, the eleventh meeting in the past four years between Egypt's Anwar Sadat and Israel's Menachem Begin. The mood was more somber than at most of the previous encounters: there were no exaggerated compliments, no excessive expressions of confidence, no crowds of cheering Egyptians to greet the visitors from Israel. But the two-day meeting in Alexandria did serve to reduce the...

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