Egypt and Togo have said that continued Israeli occupation of Arab territories created an explosive situation threatening world peace and security.
Egypt and Togo have said that continued Israeli occupation of Arab territories created an explosive situation threatening world peace and security. The joint communique was issued after talks in the Egyptian city of Ismailia, between Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Togo's President Gnassingbe Eyadema.
SYNOPSIS: President Eyadema arrived by helicopter in the city of Ismailia on the Suez Canal, to a warm welcome from President Sadat. The Togo head of state flew first to Cairo, then went on to join Mr. Sadat for their three days of talks. Their itinerary included a visit to the nearby front lines of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.
The fanfare of the official reception at Galaa airport was only a brief pause before the important discussions to follow. After a closed session between the two leaders later in the afternoon, official talks the next day were expected to deal with the Middle East crisis, African questions, bilateral relations and preparations for the scheduled Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Libreville in the Republic of Gabon, next month.
As they made their way through the streets of Ismailia, the two leaders were given a cheering reception from the local people, many of them construction workers involved in the building of a tunnel under the Suez Canal at Ismailia, part of an ambitious Egyptian plan to irrigate the east bank.
The welcome given President Eyadema on his first visit to Egypt was reflected in the talks the two leaders held at President Sadat's residence in Ismailia. President Eyadema said later that African counties would continue to sever relations with Israel unless it changed its attitude towards occupied Arab territories. Togo was among several African countries which severed ties with Israel before or during the 1973 war, expressing support for Egypt.