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    President Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian head-of-state to have a papal audience when he met Pope Paul VI at the Vatican on Thursday (8 April).

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    President Anwar Sadat became the first Egyptian head-of-state to have a papal audience when he met Pope Paul VI at the Vatican on Thursday (8 April).

    The papal audience was one of the last official functions Mr. Sadat attended during his four-day stay in Italy, on the third leg of a five-nation European tour.

    Mr. Sadat and the Pope discussed the problem of the Palestinian people and the status of the Holy City of Jerusalem. In a formal address to Pope Paul, the Egyptian leader extended Egypt's deep peace, freedom and justice. He also praised the Pope's firm stand against "the outrage to human dignity, as well as your condemnation of aggression against children, the elderly and women".

    In reply, Pope Paul said a just settlement of the Middle East question "must include an equitable solution also to the problem of the Palestinian people". He said he prayed for a "peaceful and just solution" to the Arab-Israeli crisis.

    During his visit, Mr. Sadat held talks with Italian government officials about the Middle East situation. He also met top Italian businessmen as part of his campaign to attract European technology to Egypt.

    After his visit to the Vatican, President Sadat left Rome for Brioni, Yugoslavia, where he met President Tito.

    SYNOPSIS: The Vatican City in the Italian capital of Rome, where Egyptian President Anwar Sadat arrived on Thursday. It was the first time an Egyptian head of state has been received by the Pope.

    It was Mr. Sadat's final day of four-day visit to Italy, on a five-nation European tour.

    Pope Paul said in his speech to Mr. Sadat that a just settlement of the Middle East question "must include an equitable solution also to the problem of the Palestinian people."
    The Pope said he was praying for a "peaceful and just solution" to the Arab-Israeli crisis. The two men discussed the Palestinian problem and the status of Jerusalem.

    In a formal address to the Pope, Mr. Sadat extended Egypt's deep appreciation of the sincere efforts the Pope had made on behalf of peace, freedom and justice.

    He also praised the Pope's condemnation of aggression against children, the elderly and women.

    The Papal audience was one of Mr. Sadat's last official engagements on his visit to Italy before he left for the island of Brioni, Yugoslavia, where he met President Tito.

    During his visit he had talks with top Italian government officials, including President Giovanni Leone and Prime Minister Aldo Moro, and top italian businessmen.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4CGUUY9AOPNT19SS2DPOYC0P6
    Media URN:
    VLVA4CGUUY9AOPNT19SS2DPOYC0P6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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