Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny arrived in Cairo on Tuesday (25 May) to begin his second visit to the United Arab Republic in five months.
Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny arrived in Cairo on Tuesday (25 May) to begin his second visit to the United Arab Republic in five months. Political observers believe his visit reflects Soviet concern over the recent internal troubles in the country which led to the purge of prominent politicians earlier this month.
Although Egyptian officials have stressed that President Podgorny's visit is unofficial, he was given a 21-gun salute and a full-scale official reception at the airport.
Later the two Presidents met for talks and were to renew friendship pacts dedicated to restoring Israeli occupied territory to the Arabs.
SYNOPSIS: At Cairo airport on Tuesday, cheering crowds awaited the arrival of Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny, visiting the United Arab Republic for the second time in five months.
Egypt's President Sadat was at the airport to meet President Podgorny.
Egyptian officials stressed that the visit was unofficial but political observers believe that it reflects Soviet concern over the recent purges in Egypt of top politicians and security men. He was given a full-scale official reception at the airport and met Foreign Minister Riad along with other officials and diplomats.
Later, Presidents Podgorny and Sadat visited the grave of the late President Nasser. Both leaders head large delegations for their talks; President Podgorny was accompanied by Soviet Foreign Minister Mr. Gromyko and First Deputy Defence Minister General Ivan Pavlovsky.
Although the Egyptian press has hinted that Egypt would resist any interference in its internal affairs, observers expected the Soviet leader to be given a first-hand account by President Sadat of the recent power struggle.
Immediately after their arrival at the Quebba Palace, the talks between the two sides started. President Sadat gave his Soviet guests a detailed account of his talks on the Middle East crisis with American Secretary of State Mr. William Rogers earlier this month.