Heads of State from Algeria, Syria, Jordan and South Yemen all took part in the festivities to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Libyan Jamahiriyah.
Heads of State from Algeria, Syria, Jordan and South Yemen all took part in the festivities to mark the tenth anniversary of the establishment of the Libyan Jamahiriyah. The celebrations were presided over by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi who set up the state a decade ago after overthrowing King Idris. And in his speech to mark the occasion Colonel Gaddafi struck out at Israel, Egypt and the United States.
SYNOPSIS: The Libyan Jamahiriyah celebrated its tenth anniversary of socialist revolution with a display of military might and a call from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi for a united Arab front to deal with Israel. Included in the four hour parade were units representing other Arab and African countries.
Syria, Algeria, Jordan, South Yemen, Togo and the United Arab Emirates all sent contingents of their armed forces to parade in the former royal capital of Benghazi.
Colonel Gaddafi told the rally, attended by four visiting Arab Heads of State, that Libya "was looking forward impatiently to the day when Arab forces will fight alongside Iranian forces to free Jerusalem and the whole of Palestine."
Of the visiting Heads of State, Colonel Gaddafi singled out Jordan's King Hussein for special praise. Colonel Gaddafi said King Hussein "would never surrender to the Camp David agreements" between Egypt and Israel.
Colonel Gaddafi also praised the other Arab leaders present for not having joined with President Sadat in his peace initiative with Israel. He accused President Sadat of "treachery" and said that his peace drive had brought shame on the rest of the Arab peoples. He also said that the Arabs were determined to wipe out the "disgrace" of Israeli occupied Arab land with "blood, fire and steadfastness". The Arabs were determined, he continued, to confront and crush the enemy (Israel), "we will never surrender".
The Libyan leader also praised Iran in his speech. He said "the victory of the Iranian people against imperialism is a triumph for the whole Arab nation" And in a message to President Carter, Colonel Gaddafi criticised U.S. policy on the Middle East saying it was hostile to humanity, human rights and peace.
Referring to what he termed the "expulsion" of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young, he accused President Carter of "gravely insulting the Palestinian people and the Arab nation."