The Shah of Iran left Egypt for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (10 January) after a one-day visit in which he expressed strong support for Egypt's Middle East peace efforts.
GV Shah of Iran (left of picture) seated with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt
GV Aswan airport
SV Newsmen PAN TO Shah speaking in English
SV President Sadat speaking in English
SV Guard of honour at airport
GV Shah says farewell to Sadat and boards aircraft
The Shah's visit followed U.S. President Jimmy Carter's brief stopover in Aswan last Wednesday (4 January). The Shah met Mr. Carter when the U.S. President visited the Iranian capital Tehran earlier on his recent tour.
SHAH: "These plans, which are honourable plans, which are good plans, which are sound plans, will be met with and by success. Because this is needed. Our region needs stability and we should then start to tackle other problems which are cropping up on the horizon."
SADAT: "I seize this opportunity really to express my gratitude and my people's gratitude for this gesture from his side ... to come and to make it quite clear to all the world that we are really working together towards peace and towards prosperity for our people."
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Background: The Shah of Iran left Egypt for Saudi Arabia on Tuesday (10 January) after a one-day visit in which he expressed strong support for Egypt's Middle East peace efforts. He was given a big welcome when he arrived in the Nile River town of Aswan, and talks with Egypt's President Sadat began almost immediately. The talks were held in private at a hotel on a island in the Nile.
SYNOPSIS: Before his departure of Riyadh, the Shah held a joint news conference in Aswan with President Sadat. He predicted that the peace initiative would meet with success.
The Iranian leader left Egypt as he had arrived, with full ceremony. Although Iran has played on active behind-the-scenes role in the search for peace, the visit was the first public demonstration that the Shah had thrown his considerable political influence behind the Sadat initiative. The Shah's visit was important for the Egyptians because of recent contacts between Iran and Israel, and also because of Iran's role as Israel's primary oil supplier.