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    The Lebanese right-wing Phalangist Party leader, Mr. Pierre Gemayel, met President Anwar Sadat of Egypt?

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    LV: Mit Abdul Kom Village, Egypt.

    SV: Egyptian President Sadat through doorway and shaking hands with Lebanese right-wing leader Gemayel and Egyptian Foreign Minister Fahmi and sitting down.

    CUs: Gemayel and Fahmi seated opposite Sadat talking. (3 shots)

    CU: Sadat interviewed on Libya

    REPORTER: "It is widely reported that many of your troops have been moved up toward the Libyan border, and that there are Libyan troops on the other side. That seems like a very dangerous situation."

    SADAT: "No, it is exaggerated. In the first place, there are no big forces or so. There have been infiltrations through the borders. We sent quite a normal force. From the Libyan side there are no forces at all. I think the whole thing is exaggerated especially by Gaddafi to tell his people that he is a saint or a martyr, or something like that, and he tries to mobilise his people because they don't like him, and they have lots against him. He tries to mobilise them under the pretext that I am mobilising on the borders and I am aiming to attack Libya or so. He is very naive, because Egypt will not do what he has already done in Sudan, because we have condemned him for what he has done is Sudan. So Egypt will not do these things. He i trying to mobilise this people because he can't find anything except this to mobilise his people upon."

    REPORTER:"Some people have reported that there are fears that there would be a war. Do you think there is any possibility of a war with Libya?

    SADAT:"Unless he is going to attack me, unless he is going to attack me."

    REPORTER: "Is that a possibility? Are you afraid of that?"

    SADAT:"I don't think so at all. Not afraid at all. I'm not afraid either he attacks or not. But, sure I don't think he will be.... he will lose his mind to the point that he would attack me either."

    REPORTER:"Thank you very much."

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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The Lebanese right-wing Phalangist Party leader, Mr. Pierre Gemayel, met President Anwar Sadat of Egypt near Cairo on Wednesday (15 September) to discuss the 17-month old civil war in Lebanon.

    SYNOPSIS: The two leaders met at the village of Mit Abul Kom near Cairo. They discussed the situation in Lebanon, including current Syrian proposals to end the war. Mr. Gemayel earlier had talks with the Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister, Mr. Ismail Fahmi, who was also present at the talks between Mr. Sadat and Mr. Gemayel. Several senior Lebanese politicians, including the Prime Minister, Mr. Rashid Karami, have had discussions in both Egypt and Syria recently on possible political solutions to the civil war. Afterwards the Egyptian leader spoke to enesmen about relations with Egypt's neighbour, Libya and its leader, Colonel Moammar Gaddafi.

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