232. Letter From Secretary of State Kissinger to Egyptian President Sadat1

Dear Mr. President:

I have the honor to transmit to you the text which follows of a letter to Your Excellency from the President of the United States:

“Dear Mr. President:

In connection with Article VII of the Agreement between Egypt and Israel, the United States’ understanding of the word non-military is that it excludes all types of weapons, weapons systems, ammunition, missiles and armor. It does not exclude economic items such as raw materials, oil and other civilian cargo. The Government of Israel has as[Page 837]sured me that it will carry out this Article in accordance with the above definition.


Gerald R. Ford

His Excellency

Anwar al-Sadat

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt”

The signed original of this letter will be forwarded to Your Excellency.


Henry A. Kissinger2
  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Records of Henry Kissinger, 1973–77, Box 15, Miscellaneous Documents, Telegrams, etc., 1975, Folder 8. Secret.
  2. The original bears this typed signature.