INTRODUCTION: Egyptian Anwar Sadat has admitted to supplying Iraq with arms to replace those lost in the war with Iran.
GV National Democratic Party's building
SV INTERIOR President Sadat arrives in building and takes his place at rostrum as newsmen applaud (2 shots)
SV Sadat speaking as newsmen listen (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Egyptian Anwar Sadat has admitted to supplying Iraq with arms to replace those lost in the war with Iran. The announcement marks a major change in Egyptian policy. President Sadat was among the first Arab leaders to condemn the war and brand Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as an aggressor, while Iraq has been one of the strongest critics of Egypt's ties with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat made the announcement during a two hour speech to the Egyptian Journalists' Association. It was the first public confirmation of persistent rumours that Egypt had been helping Iraq. President Sadat said that the sale was in gratitude for Iraqi aid during the 1973 Middle East war, but he still criticised Iraq for having started the Gulf war in the first place.
The President expressed his regret that Egypt was unable to make a gift of the weapons as Iraq had done seven years earlier and did not specify what arms had and did not specify what arms had been sent. Mr. Sadat said the Iraqis had approached Egypt through a third party and then sent an envoy to Cairo. Egypt's small arms industry, once funded by Arab states,produce ammunition, spare parts and missile fuel for Soviet weapons still in use in the Egyptian Army. Western experts said it was not capable of producing weapons that could have a great impact on the Gulf War.