The Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt, General Mohammed El Gamassy, has said that the reopening of the Suez Canal would facilitate the deployment of all naval forces, particularly the Soviet Navy.
GV Deputy Egyptian PM Gamassy seated with newsmen
SCU Gamassy speaking
GV ZOOM INT CU Reporter with Gamassy (MUTE)
SC Reporter asking Gamassy question
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: GEN. GAMASSY: "Reopening the canal will facilities deployment of all the naval forces for all countries from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, to the Indian Ocean, and it could be very important for all their naval forces, especially for the super powers. For sure, it will facilitate mainly for the Russians to deploy their navy from the mediterranean to the ocean and these areas are very important for both sides."
MARTIN: "Are you confident, air, that the Egyptian armed forces are as strong a fighting force now in May, 1975, as they were in October, 1973?"
GEN. GAMASSY: "First of all I want to say that I am proud about the achievements of the October War, but not conceited about the efficiency of all our armed for ???. I am sure that we are capable to accomplish the strategic missions assigned to us by the political leaders. So we have the capability to accomplish the missions given us with what we have in our hands now."
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Background: The Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt, General Mohammed El Gamassy, has said that the reopening of the Suez Canal would facilitate the deployment of all naval forces, particularly the Soviet Navy.
General Gamassy said in as interview with Visnews in Cairo on Sunday (18 May) that he was sure that the reopening was very important for all the super powers.
The General was also asked about the strength of the Egyptian Armed Forces. He said he was proud of their efficiency and that he was confident that they could handle any missions assigned by the political leaders.