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    The French Prime Minister, Monsieur Raymond Barre, ended his official visit to Egypt on Monday (15 November) with a look at the pyramids.

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    The French Prime Minister, Monsieur Raymond Barre, ended his official visit to Egypt on Monday (15 November) with a look at the pyramids. He also made a statement promising his support for peace in the Middle East based on an Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories.

    SYNOPSIS: In a joint communique before M. Barre and his wife flew home, France and Egypt reaffirmed their support for what they called 'a just and durable peace settlement in the Middle East'. The communique, signed by M. Barre and Egyptian Prime Minister General Mamdouh Salem, said a Middle East peace settlement should be based on Israel's evacuation of all territories occupied since the 1967 war and on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination. it should also be based on the right of all states in the area to live in peace within secure, recognised and guaranteed borders. Appropriate international guarantees, in which France was ready to take part, should accompany a settlement, the communique added. M. Barre's talks with President Anwar Sadat and M. Salem also covered the situation in Lebanon, and French assistance in development projects including an underground train system in Cairo, the country's capital, an Egyptian armaments industry, supplies of radio equipment, and a tunnel under the Suez canal. An agreement was signed to build the train system at a cost of a thousand million france (GBP 125 million sterling).

    The French system was chosen in preference to a Japanese monorail network because of its lower cost.

    M. Barre, who told newsmen that the relations between France and Egypt were 'constantly developing and deepening', also affirmed France's support, together with Egypt, for Lebanese President Elias Sarkis. Mr. Sarkis is trying to end the 19-month-old civil war and reconcile the factions involved.

    On oil, Mr. Barre called for reciprocal understanding between oil-producing nations and consumer countries. The inter-dependence of the world was so close that it was in everyone's interests to co-operate in the global economic sphere, he said.

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