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    President Anwar Sadat of Egypt said in Cairo on Saturday (9 October) that Egypt's defeat in June 1967 had "left a deep scar in the heart of every Egyptian." He was speaking to 4,500 professors and university staff at Gamal Abdel Nasser's Hall of Cairo University, on the eve of his departure for Moscow for talks on the Middle East crisis.

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    President Anwar Sadat of Egypt said in Cairo on Saturday (9 October) that Egypt's defeat in June 1967 had "left a deep scar in the heart of every Egyptian." He was speaking to 4,500 professors and university staff at Gamal Abdel Nasser's Hall of Cairo University, on the eve of his departure for Moscow for talks on the Middle East crisis.

    The President said Egypt's defeat in 1967 was "all the more painful as it was due to our own mistakes." Striking a more optimistic note, he recalled, however, that most of the world's big powers -- such as the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain -- has experienced similar defeats at some phase of their history, but had recovered from them.

    In talking to professors following his speech, the newspaper Al-Akhbar reported President Sadat as saying that Egyptian troops must advance up to the strategic passes in occupied Sinai, if there is going to be a peaceful solution to the Middle East crisis.

    On his way to Moscow, the President will pay brief visits to Kuwait and Iran -- the first by an Egyptian head of state to both countries.

    SYNOPSIS: On the eve of his departure for Moscow, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt addressed an audience of university professors and staff at Cairo University on Saturday. The President's journey to Moscow is primarily for the purpose of holding talks with Soviet leaders concerning the Middle East crisis. On his way to Moscow. President Sadat will pay brief visits to Kuwait and iran -- the first by an Egyptian head of state to both countries.

    Four-thousand and five-hundred professors and university staff were present at Gamal Abdel Nasser Hall at the Cairo University. Officials in Cairo say that President Sadat's talks with Soviet leaders -- he was invited by the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party -- could provide a good opportunity to get Soviet- Egyptian relations back to normal, after a somewhat uneasy period. Libya's proclaimed anti-Communist feelings are understood to have affected relations between President Sadat and the Kremlin.

    In addressing the university audience, the President said that Egypt's defeat in June 1967 had "left a deep scar in the heart of every Egyptian." He said the defeat was "all the more painful, as it was due to our own mistakes." In a discussion with the professors following his speech, the newspaper Al-Akhbar reported Mr. Sadat as saying that Egyptian troops must advance up to the strategic passes in occupied Sinai, if there is going to be a peaceful solution to the Middle East crisis. He also said that the people of the Gaza Strip should have the right to decide whether to become independent or to join Egypt. But the President is reported to have said, the Strip must never be annexed by Israel.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7BCOVZPSLVC9GTOTROQNS1WGM
    Media URN:
    VLVA7BCOVZPSLVC9GTOTROQNS1WGM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:56:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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