President Sadat inaugurated the emergency session of the Palestine National Congress in Cairo with a fifteen-minute speech in which he detailed the reasons for Egypt's decision to break diplomatic relations with Jordan.
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Background: President Sadat inaugurated the emergency session of the Palestine National Congress in Cairo with a fifteen-minute speech in which he detailed the reasons for Egypt's decision to break diplomatic relations with Jordan.
The decision had been announced earlier the same day (Thursday) following a meeting of the Egyptian Cabinet.
President Sadat entered the congress hall in the Arab League building with Palestine guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat, and the two men sat side by side.
President Sadat said King Hussein's plan for a federal kingdom spanning the Jordan river had in fact been drawn up by Israel. "It aims at torpedoing the Palestinian cause", he said, adding that "once again the arrows will miss their target."
To the applause of his Egyptian and Palestinian audience, President Sadat said the only legal representative of the Palestine people was the commando movement.
SYNOPSIS: At the Arab League building in Cairo, members of the Plastein National Congress met on Thursday for an emergency session. Yasser Arafat, leader of Al Fatah, the biggest of the guerrilla movements, is seen here talking to Congress chairman Khaled Fahoum. As the 500 delegates assembled, Egypt announced its decision to break diplomatic relations with Jordan.
The dramatic decision was made public after a three-hour meeting of the Egyptian Cabinet, and later President Sadat went to the Congress session to explain Egypt's reasons for making the break. The congress session had been called to discus King Hussein's plan to link Palestine and Jordan in a federal kingdom spanning the Jordan river.
To the applause os his Palestinian and Egyptian hearers, President Sadat declared that the Hussein plan had in fat been drawn up by Israel, and aimed at torpedoing the Palestinian cause.
The people of Palestine, the President said, would not be represented by those bidding in the market of political slavery. The only legal representative of the Palestine people was the commando movement, he declared. He said the break was not directed against the brotherly Jordanian people, but against a deviation from the fight for Arab rights. "We hated taking this decision." he said, "but we cant overlook conspiracies to turn Jordanian territory into gates and open bridges for the enemy".
To tumultuous applause, President Sadat went on to say that the Arab people were facing one of the most dangerous situations in their struggle. Egypt would fight by air, land and sea, and would have the honour to pay the price, he said.
Later, Al Fatah leader Yasser Arafat called for unity of all Palestinian groups within the framework of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. He admitted that mistakes had been made by various guerrilla groups, but said the movement had survived conspiracies and massacres against it.