Egypt's President Anwar Sadat touched on a wide range of subjects in an address of the National Assembly on Sunday (15 October).
Egypt's President Anwar Sadat touched on a wide range of subjects in an address of the National Assembly on Sunday (15 October). The hard-hitting speech, which lasted for 50 minutes, was carried live on nation-wide radio and television.
He told the Egyptian Parliament that there was nothing before Egypt but "blood, sweat and hope." In his references to Israel, the President returned strongly to the attack, after several months in which his speeches had been observed to have a less aggressive tone.
He said that "unless we fight and act and win, we shall not know where we shall be."
President Sadat also said that he hoped Egypt and the Soviet Union would be able to overcome their differences.
Speaking on the eve of the departure to Moscow of his Prime Minister, Doctor Aziz Sidky, he said: "We have exerted and shall exert every possible effort to overcome the extraordinary circumstances in our relations with the Soviet Union."
His remarks were the first indication of a thaw in his attitude towards Moscow since he ordered the end of the massive Soviet military presence in Egypt last July.
SYNOPSIS: Egypt's national assembly in Cairo was filled to capacity on Sunday, for a major policy speech by President Anwar Sadat. The Prime Minister, Doctor Aziz Sidky, was among those who gave the President a Standing ovation...
The President appeared in a light-hearted mood as he acknowledged the ovation from the legislators. Before the President's speech, which was carried nation-wide on radio and television, the legislature was addressed by the speaker, Hafez Badawe.
The Presidents' Assembly speech had added significance, as it came on the eve of the departure of Prime Minister Sidky, and a top-level delegation, to Moscow. Egypt's relations with the Soviet Union have been strained since last July, when the President ordered the end of the massive Soviet military presence in Egypt. In an apparent attempt at a thaw, the President said he hoped the two countries could overcome their differences.
In reference to Israel, President Sadat returned to the attack. He said there was nothing before Egypt but "blood, sweat and hope." To accept the status quo, with Israel occupying Arab lands, would amount to surrender.
The President continued: "the armed settlement established by imperialism on our territory, ousts our people from their lands by annihilation, legislation and through a carefully set plan." President Sadat said that, unless Egypt fought and won, she would not know where she stood.