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    President Anwar Sadat visited Iraq last week, the first visit to the country by an Egyptian Head of State.

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    President Anwar Sadat visited Iraq last week, the first visit to the country by an Egyptian Head of State.

    The President was on a four-nation Arab tour mainly aimed at concerting policies and attitudes before he meets President Ford next month.

    After talks with Iraqi leaders, President sadat said there had been complete understanding on issue that concerned the Arab nations. These included the conflict with Israel and the fate of Palestinians displaced by the creation 27 years ago of the Jewish state.

    He said from the strategic point of view they were not prepared to tolerate the loss of the Palestinians rights. The two sides also agreed that no Arab lands should be given up.

    But political observers say that Egypt and Iraq have widely differing views on how to end the conflict with Israel.

    Egypt, a front line state which has seen its economy almost drained by years of war and confrontation, is the most energetic of Arab states in seeking a peaceful solution.

    Iraq, which is wealthier, politically more radical and does not have a front line with Israel is opposed to the Geneva Conference sought by the U.S., the Soviet Union, Egypt and Syria.

    The Other major topic President Sadat discussed with President Hassan Al-bakr and the powerful number two man in Iraq, Mr. Saddam Hussein, was Iraq's running quarrel with Syria over the waters of the Euphrates River.

    Iraq says Syria is hoarding more water than it needs for power generation or irrigation behind the Tabqa Dam, threatening the livelihood of 3.5 million Iraqi farmers - about a third of the population.

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