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Start Date: Wednesday, May 19, 1971 1:05 PM

End Date: Wednesday, May 19, 1971 2:14 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Rogers, William P.Bull, Stephen B.[Unknown person(s)]Haldeman, H. R. ("Bob")

Recording Device: Oval Office

Full Tape Conversation Start Time: 00:14:18

Full Tape Conversation End Time: 00:52:54

501a.mp3

501b.mp3

501c.mp3

501d.mp3

NARA Description:

On May 19, 1971, President Richard M. Nixon, William P. Rogers, Stephen B. Bull, unknown person(s), and H. R. ("Bob") Haldeman met in the Oval Office of the White House from 9:05 am to 10:14 am. The Oval Office taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 501-004 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 501-4

Date: May 19, 1971
Time: 9:05 am - 10:14 am
Location: Oval Office

The President met with William P. Rogers.

     Weather

     President's trip on the Sequoia, May 18, 1971

Stephen B. Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:05 am.

     An item to be copied

Bull left at an unknown time before 9:45 am.

     President's trip on the Sequoia, May 18, 1971

     Middle East
         -A Newsweek article
               -An unidentified Columbia University professor
         -President's meeting with Landrum Bolling
               -Quakers
         -US policy
         -Negotiations
         -Anwar el-Sadat
               -Rogers’ view
                     -Orientation to the West
               -Military situation
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                      -Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [USSR]
                -Meeting with Rogers
                      -Joseph P. Sisco
                      -State Department
                      -Importance of peace agreement
                      -USSR military assistance
                            -Costs
                            -Suez Canal                                 Conv. No. 501-3 (cont.)
                            -Effect of Suez Canal agreement
                      -US support of Israel
                            -Effect of USSR presence
                -Sisco
                -USSR withdrawal
           -Possible agreement
           -Malik Faisal ibn Abd al-Aziz al-Saud [Faisal, King of Saudi Arabia]
                -Visit to US

Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:05 am.

     Bolling's letter
          -Copy
          -Israel

Bull left at an unknown time before 9:45 am.

     Middle East
         -An article in Newsweek
               -Author
         -Sadat
         -President's May 18, 1971 meeting with Congressional leaders
               -U. Alexis Johnson
         -Editor of Al-ahram, Mohammed Heikal
               -Relationship with Sadat
               -Rogers’ tour

Bull entered at an unknown time after 9:05 am.

     Copied items

Bull left at an unknown time before 9:45 am.
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    Middle East
        -Sadat
              -Meeting with Rogers
        -Heikal
              -Relationship with Sadat
              -Wife
        -Sadat
              -Meeting with Rogers                           Conv. No. 501-4 (cont.)
                   -Settlements
                   -Suez Canal
                   -Economic assistance
        -US policy
              -Egypt, Arab Countries, Jews
              -Potential for breakthrough
              -Compared with Vietnam
              -European response
                   -Rogers’ trip
                          -France
                          -Robert Schumann
        -Sadat
              -Meeting with Rogers


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3
[National Security]
[Duration: 2m 25s ]


         -ISRAEL


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 3

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         -Israel
               -Rogers’ trip
                    -Reception
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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6
[National Security]
[Duration: 1m 7s ]

                                                              Conv. No. 501-4 (cont.)
    ISRAEL


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 6

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              -Economy
                    -Immigration
                    -US aid
         -A Newsweek article
         -1972 election
              -American Jews
                    -Support for President's policies
                    -Hubert H. Humphrey
                    -Henry M. (“Scoop”) Jackson
                    -Edward M. (“Ted”) Kennedy
                    -President's policies


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4
[National Security]
[Duration: 1m 23s ]


    ISRAEL


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 4

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          -US policy
               -Public opinion
                     -USSR
                     -Rogers’ mail
                     -Quakers
                          -Work with Jews in peace causes           Conv. No. 501-4 (cont.)
          -Rogers’ trip
               -Gulf of Aqaba
                     -Sharm El-sheik
                          -Miami Beach
                          -Agriculture
          -US policy


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BEGIN WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7
[National Security]
[Duration: 1m 6s ]


     MIDDLE EAST


END WITHDRAWN ITEM NO. 7

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               -Golda Meir
                     -Meeting with Rogers
                           -Cabinet
               -Sadat
                     -Sisco meeting
                     -Dr. Mahmoud Fawzi's schedule
                           -Fawzi
               -Faisal's visit

[The President talked with an unknown person at an unknown time between 9:05 am and 9:45
am]
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[Conversation No. 501-4a]

     Return call from H.R. (“Bob”) Haldeman[?]

[End of telephone conversation]

     Middle East                                                   Conv. No. 501-4 (cont.)
         -Faisal's visit
               -State Dinner
         -US relations with Egypt
               -Rogers’ meeting with Sadat
               -Sudan, Algeria, Syria
         -Sudanese
         -Egyptians

     Strategic Arms Limitation Talks [SALT]
           -President's statement in San Clemente
           -A Message to Vienna
                 -US position
           -Antiballistic Missile [ABM]
           -Offensive weapons
           -Response to US proposal
                 -Timing
                 -Substance
           -Leonid I. Brezhnev
           -Agreement

[Haldeman talked with the President between 9:45 am and 9:46 am]

[Conversation No. 501-4B]

[See Conversation No. 3-64]

[End of telephone conversation]

     SALT
         -Agreement
              -Public statement, letter
                   -Wording
              -ABM
              -Gerard C. Smith
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                   -Provisions
                   -ABM
                   -Public statement, letter
                   -Multiple Independently Targetable Reentry Vehicle [MIRV]
                   -President's schedule
                   -Anatoliy F. Dobrynin
                         -Instructions
                   -Provisions                                          Conv. No. 501-4 (cont.)
                   -Congress
                         -Michael J. (“Mike”) Mansfield, Edmund S. Muskie
                   -Possible Leaks
                   -[Lyndon B.] [?] Johnson
                   -ABM
                   -Prospects
                   -ABM
                         -Charles H. Percy
                   -Provisions
                   -Interpretations
                         -Differences
                   -Schedule
                         -Meeting with Congressional leaders
                         -Televised announcement
                         -Timing
                         -Smith
              -Brezhnev
                   -Pierre E. Trudeau's visit to USSR
              -ABM
                   -J. William Fulbright
              -Future
              -Announcement
                   -Middle East negotiations
                   -USSR
                   -Cabinet and National Security Council
                   -Timing

     Sadat

     Israel

Rogers left at 10:14 am.
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