The Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi, who has been visiting France, had talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday (6th August) with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.
The Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi, who has been visiting France, had talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Tuesday (6th August) with President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. He delivered a personal written message from President Sadat calling for closer ties between the two countries and fuller cooperation between the European Common Market countries and the Arab world.
After the hour-long meeting, Mr. Fahmi spoke in Arabic to reporters on the steps of the Palace. He said his discussions with the President had covered the situation in the Middle East and peace prospects between Arabs and Israelis, as well as relations between France and Egypt and the Euro-Arab conference to be held in Paris in November.
Mr. Fahmi is reported to be trying to improve relations which were strained last February when he suddenly cancelled a visit to Paris after the Arab summit in Algiers and flew to Washington for talks with US Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger. The talks led to the spectacular improvement in US-Egyptian relations. Mr. Fahmi is due to go on to Washington again after he leaves France on Thursday (8th August) for more talks with Dr . Kissinger.
Later on Tuesday, after discussions with the French Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, Mr. Fahmi announced that President Sadat and President Giscard d'Estaing will exchange visits before the end of the year.