President Anwar Sadat has been touring the Suez Canal zone. The tour is to help?
President Anwar Sadat has been touring the Suez Canal zone. The tour is to help celebrate the Arab victories over Israel in the 1973 October war.
As an indirect result of the October War, Israel began handing over to Egypt three oil fields in the Northern Sinai on Sunday (5 October). The hand-over is in accordance with an interim peace agreement made between israel and Egypt last month.
Eight American oil experts from Mobil Oil have been delegated by Egypt to take over the oil fields of Assal, Sudr and Ras Matarma. The three oilfields have been occupied by Israel since the Six Day War In 1967.
While in the Suez Canal town of Ismailia, president Sadat inspected the pontoon bridge which the Egyptian forces used to cross the canal in 1967.
In the latest instalment of his memoirs, the President revealed that the Soviet Union supplied Egypt with modern pontoon bridges only just before the ceasefire in the 1973 October War.
President Sadat said the pontoons used by Egypt in the 1973 war dated back to the Second World War and took between five and seven hours to instal. He said the russians did not send the modern pontoons, which took only half-an-hour to instal, until "my strong criticism of the Soviet Prime Minister Kosygin".
President Sadat said the 1973 October War had changed world military planning and "turned upside down" all political, military and economic standards.
While in Ismailia the President laid the foundation stone of the new North Ismailia Canal University. He also paid homage to the dead of the 1967 and 1973 Wars and laid a wreath in the Martyrs' cemetery.