A high-ranking Egyptian official has been sent to Geneva for weekend talks with Saudi Arabian King Khalid on the Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt.
A high-ranking Egyptian official has been sent to Geneva for weekend talks with Saudi Arabian King Khalid on the Camp David accords between Israel and Egypt. Deputy Egyptian Premier, Hassan Tohami, has the mission of changing Saudi Arabia's initial opposition to the Camp David package into support. Western diplomats say they expect him to cite possible Soviet military and political moves in the Middle East, to get conservative Saudi Arabia to join Cairo against what the latter frequently calls the "Communist Menace". Observers say that Saudi support, if obtained, could be instrumental in persuading Jordan to join the Arab-Israeli peace talks that the Camp David agreement envisages. Five Arab hardline states, at their own summit in Damascus last week, rejected the Camp David agreements and voted to cut off all diplomatic and economic relations with Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: But, in his own country, President Anwar Sadat has been welcomed as a hero for achieving peace accords with Israel. At Cairo Airport on Saturday (23 September), he was met by Vice-President Honsi Mubarak and other members of the Egyptian Cabinet. Notably absent was Foreign Minister Mohammed Ibrahim Kamel, who resigned during the Camp David talks in apparent disagreement over the outcome.
Officials estimated the welcoming crowd in Cairo to be more than a million people. They showered President Sadat with rose petals, released white doves, and hailed him as a peacemaker, as he drove to his residence in the suburb of Giza.
President Sadat has rejected a suggestion that Egypt has become isolated in the Arab World as a result of the Camp David meetings. In a press interview, he said he had not concluded a separate accord but a comprehensive settlement framework. And welcoming slogans such as "Egypt First" and "Sadat Peacemaker" reflected Egyptian impatience with criticism by other Arab nations over Mr. Sadat's peace initiative.