On the second day of his official visit to Egypt, Friday (28 May), President Idi Amin on Uganda flew by helicopter form Alexandria to Ismailia to see reconstructed areas of the city which is the main port on the Suez Canal.
On the second day of his official visit to Egypt, Friday (28 May), President Idi Amin on Uganda flew by helicopter form Alexandria to Ismailia to see reconstructed areas of the city which is the main port on the Suez Canal. During the visit he also attended prayers at the Sultan Hussein Mosque.
President Amin was accompanied by his wife, and they were greeted on their arrival in Ismailia by the Governor of the town. Shortly after arriving the President expressed a desire to swim the Suez Canal, but his hosts could not arrange it for him.
The President, who is keen swimmer, commented "The water is very, good. I have been swimming in more rough water".
President Amin's visit to Egypt had begun the day before, Thursday (27 May), when he had talks with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat in Alexandria. The talks were the only ones scheduled for his three-day stay, and the two leaders discussed the Middle East situation, African problems and bilateral relations.
After inspecting the new buildings that have bee built as part of the reconstruction programme for the port, President Amin told newsmen "Sadat and myself have excellent relations between ourselves and out two peoples".
He later crossed the Suez Canal to visit Egyptian Army divisions in Sinai. He was greeted by Major General Fouad Aziz Ghali, Commander of the Second Army, and was told about tank battles fought by the Egyptian Army against Israel in the 1973 war. President Amin posed for pictures and recalled that he had placed the Ugandan Army at Egypt's disposal during the 1973 war.
SYNOPSIS: President Idi Amin of Uganda and his wife arrived in the Suez Canal port town of Ismailia on Friday -- the second day of his official visit to Egypt. The couple were greeted on their arrival by the Governor of Ismailia and local officials. The President had flown from Alexandria where he had spent the first day of his second visit.
Before going on to tour reconstructed areas of the port, President Amin went to the Sultan Hussein Mosque where he attended prayers together with other muslim worshippers. The previous evening he had talks with Egypt's President Anwar Sadat. They were the only talks scheduled for visit.
The two leaders had discussed the Middle East situation, African problems and bilateral relations. During the meeting President Sadat assured the Ugandan leader that Egypt would struggle alongside other African countries until the last vestiges of colonialism and racism in the continent were eliminated. President Sadat also said that Egypt would not tolerate aggression to the rights of African people, particularly in Rhodesia and Nambia.
President Amin is reported to have told President Sadat of his recent visit to Yugoslavia and a number of African countries. President Amin is this year's Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity. When he left the mosque in Ismailia, he was mobbed by crowds of cheering Egyptians.
During his tour of the rebuilt and reconstructed areas of the town, the President, who is a keen swimmer, expressed a desire to swim across the Suez Canal. But his hosts could not arrange it. The President commented on the good water and said he'd swum in rougher water.