Soviet Defence Minister Andrei Grechko arrived in Cairo and Sunday (May 14) for a four-day visit to Egypt.
Soviet Defence Minister Andrei Grechko arrived in Cairo and Sunday (May 14) for a four-day visit to Egypt. Within hours of his arrival, Marshal Grechko had started his first round of talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
Military matters were naturally expected to predominate during discussion. Marshal Grechko had just flown in from Syria where he was reported to have signed several agreements increasing Soviet military aid.
President Sadat took the opportunity of Marshal Grechko's visit to warn critics of Egypt's close ties with the Soviet Union the he expected to see the relationship prosper politically, militarily and economically.
SYNOPSIS: Flying to Cairo after important Middle East talks in Syria was Soviet Defence Minister Andrei Grechko. He arrived on Sunday at the start of a four-day visit. He's reportedly just signed new military aid agreements in Syria.
Egyptian War Minister Mohamed Sadak led the welcome for Marshal Grechko. While in Cairo, the Soviet Minister was expected to engage in some new rounds of important military negotiations. At the moment of his arrival, Egypt's President Sadat was making a bitter attack on critics of Cairo's friendship with the Soviet Union in a speech t the National Assembly. He declared that he hoped to see the relationship prosper on a political, military and economic basis.
Later on Sunday, President Sadat and Marshal Grechko met for their first round of talks. Tit was expected that these would continue President Sadat's negotiations in Moscow last month. The, for the first time, the Kremlin supported the use of a variety of means to liberate Arab territories occupied by Israel. In his latest national address, President Sadat has repeated his warning that a battle with Israel is inevitable.