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    Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who in Cairo earlier this year signed a 15-year co-operation Treaty with Soviet President Podgorny has now won further promises of Soviet military support in his Moscow talks Soviet leaders ending on October 13th.

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    Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who in Cairo earlier this year signed a 15-year co-operation Treaty with Soviet President Podgorny has now won further promises of Soviet military support in his Moscow talks Soviet leaders ending on October 13th.

    This Visnews library film illustrating the influence of Soviet aid on Egypt shows the signing of the Cairo 15-year agreement, and both military and industrial highlights in the two countries' recent economic relations. It also includes President Nasser's 1970 admission of the presence of Soviet advisers in Egypt.

    SYNOPSIS: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who in Cairo earlier this year signed a 15-year Co-operation Treaty with Soviet President Podgorny, has now won further promises of Soviet military support in hos Moscow talks ending on October 13th. In return President Sadat gave a blanket condemnation of 'anti-communism and anti-Sovietism' which the Soviet Union sees particularly in evidence in the recently concluded Tripoli alliance between Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Syria - treating to end a dependence on Russian military aid which was a feature of President Nasser's period of rule.

    Soviet military aircraft like these Ilyushin 28 bombers, MIG fighters and large troop-carrying helicopters quickly re-built the Egyptian air-force after it was crippled by lightning strikes from the Israelis in the June War of 1967. In September this year the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a London based source, reported that the Egyptian Air Force had recently increased its combat aircraft strength with Soviet help to 523 fighters and bombers. This is the wreckage of a Sukhoi 7, claimed shot down by the Israelis over Sinai in 1969. The Israelis are reported to have an air-strength of 374 American and French combat aircraft. The same source says that Egypt's strength in Soviet Sam 3 and 4 missile sites has trebled since last year, to a total of 65.

    On the industrial side, Soviet aid has again been crucial in promoting economic advance. The new steep strip mill near Cairo cost about 63 million Sterling, mainly supplied by the Soviet Union. Despite the great debt for these advances to the Soviet Union however, President Sadat has shown increasing willingness to seek aid form the west.

    International companies like Amoco and Philips are participating successfully in a booming new oil industry. A bank for international trade is to be set up to attract money from the Arab world in general.

    This limited welcome to outside trade, and the encouragement given to the private sector of industry, is the kind of trend deplored by the Soviet Union in the light of its huge investment in such projects as the Aswan Dam, opened in January by President Podgorny. Soviet aid for this 10-year project was reported to be a third of the 300-million Sterling cost, not only in money but in machines, equipment, instruments and technical assistance. The size of this investment, together with the new Moscow agreement and 15-year treary, make it certain that any real breakaway from predominant Soviet influence will be difficult to make.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3M7F6LPHJP8D2FIOSFS0PZFMU
    Media URN:
    VLVA3M7F6LPHJP8D2FIOSFS0PZFMU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:04:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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