Italian Foreign Minister Giuseppe Medici is visiting Egypt and on Saturday (February 3) met President Sadat.
Italian Foreign Minister Giuseppe Medici is visiting Egypt and on Saturday (February 3) met President Sadat. The previous day he began formal talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Dr. Mohamed Hassan El-Zayyat, whose invitation lad to the five-day visit which ends up on Monday.
Their talks, which included lengthy consideration of the Middle East situation, followed previous discussions when Dr. Zayyat visited Rome in September on his way to the United Nations.
The way in which the European Common Market can help ease the Middle East crisis is a facet of discussion. Italy is keen to see the Suez Canal re-opened, as its economy has suffered from its closure since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war.
SYNOPSIS: In Cairo, a welcome from Egyptian President Anwar Sadat for the Foreign Minister of Italy, giuseppe Medici...
Egyptian foreign Minister Mohamed Hassan El-Zayyat was also present. It was his invitation which led to the Italian minister making his five-day visit.
The following day, there were talks between Signor Medici and the Egyptian Prime Minister, Dr. Aziz Sidky. Mediterranean security is one of the items which have been discussed during the Italian minister's visit. The general Middle East crisis is, however, the major topic. One angle for discussion is the possibility of the newly-enlarged European Economic Community helping ease the Middle East tension.
Later, at the Foreign Ministry, the first formal talks began between the two foreign ministers. Their discussions were a continuation of talks which started last September. They were initiated when Dr. Zayyat visited Rome, on his way to the United Nations in New York. After Signor Medici received the Order of the Republic, First Class, from Dr. Zayyat, he in turn presented the Egyptian Foreign Minister with Italy's Order of Cavaliers de Grand Croce. Italy is keen to see peace return to the Middle East, because it wants the Suez Canal re-opened. The waterway has been closed since it was blocked during the conflict between the Arabs and Israel in 1967. The closure has hit Italy's economy. Signor Medici was also scheduled to meet Mahmoud Raid, the secretary of the Arab League, during his visit to Cairo.