Egypt's President Anwar Sadat met both the President of Niger, Hamani Diori, and the Lebanese Prime Minister, Takieddin Al-Solh, in Cairo on Saturday (10 November).
GV Tohra Palace
SV PAN INT Pres Diori enters
Cu Diori and Sadat embrace before entering room
CU Vase of flowers
SV PAN Prime Minister Solh arrives
SCU Solh and Sadat embrace
SV Solh and Sadat seated
CU ZOOM OUT FROM Solh to show both men seated
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Background: Egypt's President Anwar Sadat met both the President of Niger, Hamani Diori, and the Lebanese Prime Minister, Takieddin Al-Solh, in Cairo on Saturday (10 November).
President Diori's visit to the Egyptian capital was the final stage of a fact-finding mission he was making through five Arab countries. The trip was, in the President's words, to gain "more information on the serious problems of the Middle East."
Although there was no official announcement of the Saturday meeting between the three leaders, a Lebanese newspaper, An-Nahar, carried a report of the meeting, in a dispatch from Cairo.
The newspaper indicated that the Egyptian President had told Mr. Al-Solh that under the U.N. Security Council resolution 242, Egypt was not bound to give Israel diplomatic recognition. The newspaper quoted President Sadat as saying, "what is required is to recognise secure borders, and this does not mean Egypt would establish any ties with Israel." There were also reports that President Sadat favoured an Arab summit before the proposed international peace Conference in Geneva, next month.
SYNOPSIS: Cairo's Tohra Palace was the setting for a meeting on Saturday between President Hamani Diori of Niger and President Sadat of Egypt. The meeting marked the final stage of fact-finding tour through five Arab nations by the Niger Head-of-State. The tour was aimed, according to President Diori at gaining "more information on the serious problems of the Middle East." President Diori was due to have met the Egyptian leader at an official banquet on Friday night. But moves towards the cease-fire settlement in the Middle East meant Egypt's Vice-President had too deputies for President Sadat.
The two leaders were later joined by Mr. Takieddin Al-Solh, the Lebanese Prime Minister.
Although there was no official communique, one Lebanese newspaper, An-Nahar, carried a dispatch from Cairo that gave details of Saturday's meeting between the three leaders.
An-Nahar reported Mr. Sadat as telling the Lebanese Prime Minister that Egypt was not bound to establish diplomatic relations with Israel, only to establish secure borders with the country, under the terms of a Security Council resolution.