President Suleiman Franjieh of Lebanon arrived in Cairo on Monday (12 February) on an officials visit.
President Suleiman Franjieh of Lebanon arrived in Cairo on Monday (12 February) on an officials visit. He and his wife were greeted at the airport by President Anwar Sadat and other officials from the Lebanese Embassy in Cairo and the Egyptian Government.
The delegation accompanying President Franjieh included the Lebanese Foreign Minister, Khalil Abu Hamad, Director General of the Presidency Peter Deeb, and Director of Protocol Paul Khlat.
After the welcoming ceremonies at the airport, both Presidents and their wives visited the Tomb of President Gamal Abdul Nasser. Wreaths were laid.
The visit is Mr. Franjieh's second to Egypt as President. On the first occasion he travelled to Cairo immediately after his inauguration to attend a hurriedly-convened Arab Summit to discuss the Palestine guerrilla crisis in Jordan.
SYNOPSIS: An aircraft carrying Lebanese President Franjieh arrived in Cairo on Monday.
President Franjieh and his wife stepped out of the 'plane to the sound of loud cheering from a waiting crowd. He spoke first to Lebanese Embassy officials, and then received a warm greeting from President Anwar Sadat.
Children made up a large part of the welcoming crowd, and it was the children who gave the Lebanese President his first souvenirs of the trip.
Mrs. Franjieh, on the left, and Mrs. Sadat stood by as President Franjieh continued the round of greetings.
The tomb of President Gamal Abdul Nasser - the first Egyptian landmark visited by the Lebanese Head of State soon after his arrival. Soldiers stood ready with wreaths as he and President Sadat, with their wives, paid homage to Egypt's late leader.
President Franjieh was to stay three days in Egypt. Later he will visit Iraq and Saudi Arabia.