On the third anniversary (on 28 September 1973) of the death of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, top Egyptian officials paid tribute to his memory.
On the third anniversary (on 28 September 1973) of the death of President Gamal Abdel Nasser, top Egyptian officials paid tribute to his memory. A ceremony at the Nasser Mosque was attended by Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Mamduh Salem, Army Chiet-of-Staff General Saad-al-Din al-Shazli, General Ahmed Ismail and other top personalities as well as Mrs. Nasser her family and the general public. Flowers were laid on the tomb and passages were recited from the Koran.
In a major speech to the Arab Socialist Union (Egypt's ruling party) and the Egyptian Parliament to mark the anniversary, President Anwar Sadat said certain countries and forces had thought they could impose their will on Egypt after Nasser died. There had been fears, he added, that the State that Nasser built would fall with him, but the people's will had been stronger that its grief. He rejected attempts to force what he called "a surrender solution" on Egypt, and dismissed a peace based on a partial Israeli withdrawal from the Suez Canal.
In the same speech, President Sadat ordered an amnesty for students detained for anti-Government activities and the reinstatement of purged newsmen, in a widesweeping liberal gesture.
SYNOPSIS: Nasser Mosque in Cairo was on Friday the centre of a nationwide wave of tributes to the late Egyptian leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser, on the third anniversary of his death. Among the top personalities who came to pay their respects at the tomb ware the Chief of Staff of the Army, General Saad-al-Din al-Shazl, and General Ahmed Ismail.
The military leaders stood for several moments in silence at the memorial, after having laid wreaths on the tomb. All the while, holy passages were being read from the Koran and the general public filed past in honour of the leader of Egypt's revolution. Nasser's widow and is close family were also in attendance.
The anniversary was marked elsewhere by President Anwar Sadat in a major policy speech. He said outside forces had though they could impose their will on Egypt after Nasser died, but the people's will had been stronger than their grief. He went on to reject what he called "a surrender solution" and dismissed a peace proposal based on a partial Israeli withdrawal from the Suez Canal. "Liberation of the land", he said was Egypt's main mission at present.
The President's speech was made before Parliament and the Arab Socialist Union. He was unable to attend the ceremony at the mosque, but Mrs. Nasser and her family were condoled by a close associate of President Sadat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Mamduh Salem.