Egypt's new Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel visited top West German officials in Bonn on Wednesday (15 February).
Egypt's new Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel visited top West German officials in Bonn on Wednesday (15 February). Mr. Kamel's visit came only a week after his President, Anwar Sadat, was in the West German capital to rally support for the Arab cause in the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: The first call for Mr. Kamel was to President Walter Scheel's residence on the outskirts of Bonn. It has been an eventful two months for Mr. Kamel since he was appointed Foreign Minister last December. He has played a major role in peace negotiations with Israel since he got the job after his predecessor, Mr. Ismail Fahmy, resigned as soon as he heard of President Sadat's plan to make his visit to Israel. Mr. Kamel's first task was to lead the Egyptian delegation to the Jerusalem peace talks, from which President Sadat later withdrew his representatives.
From the President's residence, Mr. Kamel went to the West German Foreign Ministry's headquarters for talks with his counterpart Herr Hans-Dietrich Genschler. The Egyptian government regards West Germany as a firm ally because leaders in Bonn have consistently opposed the establishment of Israeli settlements on Arab territory.
Their meeting was a chance for both Foreign Ministers to discuss more fully the statement President Sadat made in Bonn the previous week (9 February) that he remained optimistic for a peaceful Middle East.