INTRODUCTION: Egypt officially confirmed for the first time on Monday (16 March) that it was supplying arms, but not military advisers, to rebel forces in the civil war in Chad.
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ALI (SEQ. 1): "Concerning the activities of Libya in Africa, I think it is more than considered to be just a Libyan intervention. And we think that Gaddafi in this respect is just a puppet, playing for others.
"And I can say that there are 1,750 Soviets in Libya, and nearly the same amount from other nations and East Germany and Cuba.
"We were in contact with all countries which are interested in the situation, in the African affairs, and mainly France. So since long, we have been in touch with France concerning the Libyan intervention in Chad."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Egypt officially confirmed for the first time on Monday (16 March) that it was supplying arms, but not military advisers, to rebel forces in the civil war in Chad. Foreign Minister Kamal Hassan Ali told newsmen that Egyptian supplies were being channeled to the guerrilla army of former Chad Defence Minister Hissene Habre, who is fighting the Libyan-backed forces of President Goukouni Oueddi. Egypt has strongly denounced the Libyan intervention in Chad and has warned it will send troops to help Sudan if Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi intervenes in that bordering country.