President Anwar Sadat of Egypt yesterday (Saturday, August 7) held the first of a series of meetings he planned to have with representatives of the "working forces of the people" of Egypt.
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Background: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt yesterday (Saturday, August 7) held the first of a series of meetings he planned to have with representatives of the "working forces of the people" of Egypt. During the course of the meeting, at king Farouk's former home the Abdeen Palace, President Sadat said that all Egypt's problems must be solved by means of dialogue between the Government and the people in a democratic fashion. He also discussed domestic issues and outlined his plans for political reform, calling upon the workers to rid their ranks of "opportunists".
On international affairs, Mr. Sadat told the workers that Egypt stood firmly behind General El-Nimeiry of the Sudan; and condemned king Hussein's "massacre" of Palestine guerrillas in Jordan. And, referring to the fact that it was the first anniversary of the ceasefire along the Suez Canal, he stressed a need for increased production - for, he added, it was only through a prosperous economy that the requirements of the front-line soldiers could be mat.
President Sadat will follow up this meeting with speeches to farmworkers, small businessman, students and intellectuals.
SYNOPSIS: Abdeen Palace in Cairo - once the home of the late king Farouk - was the setting on Saturday for a very different gathering to those once held there. President Anwar Sadat - wearing informal fatigues - held the first of a serious of meetings that he has planned with members of Egypt's working forces. Later he also plans to hold similar reunions with farmworkers, small businessmen, students and intellectuals. During the course of the meeting, President Sadat said that all the country's problems must be solved by ??? of democratic dialogues. He also outlined plans for political reforms and called on the workers to rid their ranks of "opportunists". On international affairs, he said that Egypt stood firmly behind Sudan's General El-Nimeiry; and condemned king Hussein's massacre of Palestinian guerrillas in Jordan.