President Anwar Sadat arrived for a four hour visit with Italian government leaders and Pope Paul VI today on the last leg of his peace trip before returning home to Egypt.
President Anwar Sadat arrived for a four hour visit with Italian government leaders and Pope Paul VI today on the last leg of his peace trip before returning home to Egypt. Earlier in the day he had held a presses conference in Paris, where he held talks with French president Giscard d'Estaing during which he said he would not abandon his quest for peace.
He is expected to seek Italian support for his peace proposals and also to discuss the Vatican's ideas about the Middle East situation with Pope Paul. His visit follows that of Israel's foreign Minister Moshe Dayan, who came to Rome last month and also spoke to Pope Paul.
President Sadat was greeted by fanfare and salutes at Rome's military airport of Caimpino ; from there he whisked by Helicopter to President's Leone summer residence at Castelporziano, where he also met acting Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. During his brief stay in the Italian capital Sadat was flown from one point of the city to another, to the Vatican and to Ciampino for his departure, in an Italian Air Force chopper.
President Sadat's last visit to Italy was during 1976. He has gained large popularity here because of his courageous first peace effort of visiting Israel. Italian political observers praised Sadat for his sincere efforts to promote peace and admired his astute political move.