146. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Egypt1

271710. For Ambassador. Subject: Message for President Sadat From President Carter.

1. Please convey at earliest possible time the following message from President Carter to President Sadat.

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Dear President Sadat:

Ambassador Eilts has kept me informed of the forthright and courageous stand that you have taken in public and in your consultations with other Arab leaders regarding the need to reach agreement now on the reconvening of the Geneva Conference.

Your forceful reiteration of Egypt’s commitment to peace and of your determination not to be deterred or delayed by petty differences over procedure are acts of uncommon statesmanship. You have my admiration and my pledge to work hand in hand together for the peace that we both seek. The coming days will be crucial to our effort to bring about an early reconvening of the Geneva Conference. If we persevere—and we shall—I am sure we shall succeed.

I am proud of your friendship.


Jimmy Carter.

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  1. Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Foreign Policy File, P850052–2257. Secret; Niact Immediate; Nodis. Drafted in the White House, approved by Atherton, and cleared by James Thyden (S/S–O).