• Short Summary

    Extensive French military aid to Egypt was expected to be the most important issue of talks that started between French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in Cairo on Thursday (11 December).

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    Extensive French military aid to Egypt was expected to be the most important issue of talks that started between French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in Cairo on Thursday (11 December).

    During the first round of talks the two presidents generally reviewed Franco-Egyptian relations and agreed that there was a need to consolidate them further.

    After Thursday's talks were over, the President and Madame Giscard D'Estaing took the opportunity to do some sightseeing and visited the world famous pyramids and Sphinx.

    At the second round on Sunday (14 December) it was expected that the possibility of further supplies of French weapons being made to Egypt, and bilateral co-operation to build factories for warplanes and other weapons in Egypt, would be discussed.

    It is understood that Egypt is determined to break away from its dependence on the Soviet Union for its main weapon supplies, and President Sadat has sought the assistance of western powers, particularly France, Britain and the United States, to rebuild his country's arsenal.

    During his first visit to France, last January, President Sadat succeeded in concluding an arms deal under which the Egyptian Air Force is to be equipped with sophisticated Mirage fighter-bombers.

    President Giscard D'Estaing and his wife arrived in Egypt on Wednesday (10 December) for a five day state visit. It is the first time a French head of state has visited the country.

    SYNOPSIS: The first round of formal talks between French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing and Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, started at the Kubbeh Palace in Cairo on Thursday.

    President and Madame Giscard D'Estaing arrived in Egypt on Wednesday for a five day state visit. The main aim of the talks was for the two leaders to discuss the Middle East situation. Mediterranean issues and bilateral relations. But informed sources said the main topic on the agenda would be the supply of arms to Egypt by France.

    After the talks had finished, the French President and his party went sightseeing.

    When the talks resumed on Sunday, it was expected that the possibility of further supplies of French weapons being made to Egypt, and bilateral co-operation to build factories for warplanes and other weapons in Egypt, would be discussed.

    It is understood that Egypt is determined to break away from its dependence on the Soviet Union for its main weapon supplies and President Sadat has sought the assistance of western powers, particularly France, Britain and the United States, to rebuild his country's arsenal.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2O4GY05VP6FNPR8IQNBLHYI6G
    Media URN:
    VLVA2O4GY05VP6FNPR8IQNBLHYI6G
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/12/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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