Indian Foreign Minister, Mr. Y. Chavan, visited Cairo on Wednesday (28 May) for talks with?
Indian Foreign Minister, Mr. Y. Chavan, visited Cairo on Wednesday (28 May) for talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on the manufacture of arms.
After a 45-minute meeting, it was announced that Egypt would send a mission to India to examine the possibility of investment in weapons manufacturing.
Egypt is anxious to produce its own advanced weapons because of Soviet reluctance to make up losses incurred during the 1973 war with Israel. India builds tanks and war planes.
The two leaders also discussed the Geneva Peace Conference. President Sadat said that in view of Middle East developments, the conference must be resumed some time this year.
Egypt has suggested the participation of both India and Yugoslavia as representatives of non-aligned countries and of Britain and France on behalf of Europe in the resumed Geneva Conference.
He said he wanted to avoid deadlock in case of disagreements between the two co-Chairmen - the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
President Sadat has since left Cairo to visit Yugoslavia and Austria.
After the meeting, Mr. Chavan said he found President Sadat to be "a man of great optimism and robust realism". He invited President Sadat to visit India in the future.