About 900 military and technical experts and university professors from European and Arab countries are this week (27 to 31 October) attending a symposium in Cairo to study the aftermath of the October 6 war in 1973.
About 900 military and technical experts and university professors from European and Arab countries are this week (27 to 31 October) attending a symposium in Cairo to study the aftermath of the October 6 war in 1973. The symposium started on Monday (27 October) and finishes on Friday (31 October).
Its main aim is to analyze the military, economic, political and scientific developments of Arab countries since the war.
After the inaugural session those attending split up into groups to conduct studies on the research papers and report submitted to the symposium.
On Tuesday one of the groups toured the Sinai and Suez canal area where the October 6 war was waged. They were shown over the area, which is still strewn with the skeletons of wrecked tanks and other weapons, by Egyptian military officials, Brigadier Dia Zohdi and General Hishmat Gado.
The October war, which started on October 6, 1973, lasted for three weeks and ended without a decisive military victory for either side. But it achieved what years of diplomacy failed to do - it brought Israel and two of the key Arab states, Egypt and Jordan, to the conference table for the first time in a quarter of a century.
Since then an interim peace agreement has evolved between Israel and Egypt, and Israel is in the process of handing back some of the territory annexed in the war in Sinai back to Egypt. On Friday (31 October) it was expected that the first Israeli cargo for more than twenty-five years would be allowed through the Suez canal, although it would not be aboard an Israeli ship. Israeli ships are not yet permitted to use the waterway.