• Short Summary

    President Anwar Sadat of Egypt told the Egyptian Parliament on Saturday (June 30) that he had asked the Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi to "open a serious and deep dialogue" on the issue of unity of the two countries.

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    President Anwar Sadat of Egypt told the Egyptian Parliament on Saturday (June 30) that he had asked the Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi to "open a serious and deep dialogue" on the issue of unity of the two countries.

    He was speaking at the opening of a Parliamentary meeting called to discuss the proposed merger between Egypt and Libya.

    Colonel Gaddafi who also attended the meeting answered questions on all aspects of his country's policy and its cultural revolution.

    A statement issued after the three hour meeting said that several parliamentarians called for a gradual approach to unity "for the sake of its safety."
    President Gaddafi has been on a protracted visit to Cairo trying to generate greater enthusiasm in Egypt for the merger.

    Although a plebiscite is to be held on the merger in both countries on September 1, last week President Gaddafi told newsmen that neither he nor President Sadat know anything about the results reached by merger committees set up a year ago to draft merger laws.

    A leading Egyptian writer Mr. Saleh Gawdat recently wrote that Cairo could not implement Libya's cultural revolution.

    President Gaddafi has imposed strict non-alcohol rules and closed down night clubs and popular worker's committees have taken over the universities, information media and other Libyan institutions.

    One of the major problems now facing the merger plan is reported to be President's Gaddafi's insistence on spreading this cultural revolution to Egypt.

    Mr. Gawdat of the weekly journal Al Mussawar said that Egypt could not impose the teachings of Islam on all its citizens as Colonel Gaddafi has been doing.

    For Egypt has to consider its six million Coptic Christians. And there are fears that the closing of Cairo's bars, and night clubs would have a damaging effect on Egypt's tourist industry.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA659399OSNPQ9JCXCVD0E99914
    Media URN:
    VLVA659399OSNPQ9JCXCVD0E99914
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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