Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has completed a two-day visit to Romania where he held talks with the country's leader, President Nicolae Ceausescu.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has completed a two-day visit to Romania where he held talks with the country's leader, President Nicolae Ceausescu. Proposals to reconvene the Middle East Peace talks, and the possibility of boosting bi-lateral trade were among the topics they discussed on Friday and Saturday (28/29 October).
SYNOPSIS: A top-level welcome had been prepared for President Sadat, and President Ceausescu was there for his arrival at Bucharest.
President Sadat was greeted by the Romanian leader, who then met other members of the Egyptian delegation. Here Mr. Ceausescu shakes hands with Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmy.
Romania, maverick of the Soviet bloc in its foreign affairs, is the only East European country which did not break relations with Israel after the 1967 Middle East War. Western diplomats had speculated that Mr. Ceausescu may have had a message from Israel for Mr. Sadat .
Romania has also maintained close ties with Egypt, whose relations with Moscow have steadily deteriorated since Cairo expelled 20,000 Soviet military advisers in 1972. No details of the talks between the Egyptian and Romanian leaders have been given, but Egyptian officials said Middle East peace problems were given priority.
They also said the two countries were interested in boosting bilateral trade from 97 million U.S dollars a year to about 500 million by 1980.