President Anwar Sadat yesterday (Monday) addressed a packed meeting of 3,000 of Egypt's top politicians, parliamentarians, military leaders and members of the Arab Socialist Union (ASU) at Cairo University's Nasser Hall.
President Anwar Sadat yesterday (Monday) addressed a packed meeting of 3,000 of Egypt's top politicians, parliamentarians, military leaders and members of the Arab Socialist Union (ASU) at Cairo University's Nasser Hall. The occasion was the twentieth anniversary of Egyptian revolution and the opening of the national meeting of the ASU, Egypt's only political party.
During the marathon four-hour speech, President Sadat blamed both the United States and the Soviet Union for the continuing stresses in the Middle East. Of the Soviets--whose presence in Egypt came to a surprising and with the announcement last week of massive departures of Russian military and technical experts and advisers--President Sadat said they had promised to settle differences with Egypt and had not don???so, possibly influenced by a misunderstanding of Egypt's position in the crushing of a pro-Communist coup in the Sudan last July. He added that the Middle East was not Russia's number one priority, but "for us the occupation of our territory is our main preoccupation". Knowing that 1971 was "the year of decision which would lead to peace or war for the Arab nations", he personally went to Moscow in October to attempt to settle these differences. With still no concrete moves on the part of the Russians, he travelled to Moscow again in April this year and, he added: "For the sake of my people, my country and our friendship, I kept on covering for our friends.... I cannot r???al to you the details of the differences because it would benefit ??? enemies....but I can give you a general idea. The United States supports Israel with all its strength, because Israel is an American agent and am not a Marxist nor will I become one....The Russians must r???l??? h??? the Americans are dealing with Israel--if we continue to be so careful, the crisis will never be solved." He also blamed the Soviet Union f??? not supplying the Arabs with comparable arms to match the ???phist???cated weaponry sent to Israel from the USA.
Of the USA, President Sadat said that they wore to blame for the crisis because they had failed to keep promises to pressure Israel into withdrawing from occupied Arab territories. He ended by calling for an emergency session of Parliament to ensure legislation which would guarantee national unity. As soon as he finished his speech, four working groups were formed by members of the National Congress and the ASU to discuss the implications of his words and to start plans for the emergency Parliamentary session.