Ronald Reagan's victory in the United States' Presidential election has drawn reactions in the Arab world varying from trepidation over his pro-Israeli stance to apparent indifference.
GV President Anwar Sadat of Egypt arriving by car and being greeted by officials
GV President Sadat sitting down on stage and being applauded.
GV Audience applauding.
SV President Sadat speaking in Arabic and applauded by audience.
SCU PLO spokesman Mahmoud Labady speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: LABADY: "This is a great success for the Zionists and a great success for the Zionist lobby in the United State of America because Reagan is a big supporter of the Zionists, because Reagan has made very great promise to the Zionists, the Israelis. He promised lots of money, he promised lots of weapons, he promised a lot of moral material and financial support to the Israelis. This is a great success for the Israelis and it is a (as heard) it will encourage and it will increase tension in the Middle East. It will lead the Middle East to new confrontations and to new confrontations and to new wars in this area.
REPORTER: "Do you think it will have any immediate effect on the situation and the tension in South Lebanon?"
LABADY: "It will not have any immediate reaction or any immediate repercussion on the situation in Southern Lebanon but we think n the long run all the Middle East will be affected by Reagan being elected as President of the United States of America in general. It will be also, it will increase the war against the Palestinian people, it will deprive more and more the Palestinian people from their rights to self-determination and their rights to self-determination and their right to establish their independent state. It will fit the Zionist plans in the Middle Eastern region."
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Background: Ronald Reagan's victory in the United States' Presidential election has drawn reactions in the Arab world varying from trepidation over his pro-Israeli stance to apparent indifference. Palestine Liberation Organisation leaders foresaw no change in United States policy on the Middle East said that from their standpoint Reagan would be no better than Carter. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat heaped praise on Mr. Reagan only briefly.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat paid a emotional tribute to the defeated Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter in a televised speech at a farming conference in Cairo on Wednesday (5 November). Talks between Israel and Egypt on Palestinian autonomy are scheduled to proceed with a summit conference in either December or January. Following his electoral defeat Mr. Carter must now decide on his policy over the talks for his 15 remaining weeks in office. Negotiations could be delayed until Mr. Reagan is inaugurated on January 20.
President Sadat lauded Mr. Carter as a statesman and friend of Egypt and said that without him there would have been no Egyptian-Israeli peace agreement. He said he still hoped for a Camp David-style summit with U.S. and Israeli leaders. Mr. Sadat briefly congratulated Ronald Reagan on his electoral win and said the peace process would always need America. But in Beirut on Wednesday (5 November) official PLO spokesman Mahmoud Labady criticised America's President-elect.