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    President Anwar Sadat of Egypt arrived in Paris on Saturday (3 April) and he is to negotiate the basis of a long-term arms pact, a project rendered more immediate by Egypt's recent rift with the Soviet Union over the supply of spares and new aircraft.

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    President Anwar Sadat of Egypt arrived in Paris on Saturday (3 April) and he is to negotiate the basis of a long-term arms pact, a project rendered more immediate by Egypt's recent rift with the Soviet Union over the supply of spares and new aircraft.

    His discussions follow visits by two high-level arms-buying missions which French officials said produced Egyptian orders for 40 Mirage F-1 fighter bombers and 100 Alpha Trainer and ground support aircraft, at a price of 4,500 million francs (about GBP500 million sterling).

    President Sadat's French visit comes in between official visits to West Germany and Italy. He was met at Orly airport by the French Equipment Minister, M. Robert Galley.

    President Sadat is anxious to develop an armaments industry for Egypt and he has already obtained 1,000 million dollars (GBP500 million sterling) from his Arab allies for the scheme.

    The French Government is taking a calculated political and economic risk to obtain a foothold in the market and extend French presence in the Middle East.

    Officials say that by helping Egypt to build up its defences, France hopes to play an active part in international guarantees for an overall peace settlement between Israel and the Arab states. They say the French Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, hopes to sign the pact in Cairo later this year.

    President Sadat is to meet French President, Valery Giscard during his three day visit.

    SYNOPSIS: Egypt's President Anwar Sadat arrived in Paris on Saturday for a three-day visit, in between official trips to Italy and West Germany. He was met by several French officials at Orly airport, including the French Equipment Minister, Robert Galley.

    The main reason for his visit is to negotiate the basis of a long-term arms pact, following Egypt's split with the Soviet Union over the supply of spares and new aircraft.

    Talks on an 8,000 million dollar arms deal began last year and there have been two high-level arms-buying missions. French officials say these resulted in Egyptian orders for 40 Mirage F-1 fighter bombers and 100 Alpha trainer and ground support aircraft.

    Tight security precautions were in force when President Sadat arrived in Paris, but he was greeted by a large number of demonstrators expressing support for him and his country.

    President Sadat is to meet the French President Valery Giscard for talks during his three day visit. It's thought France's Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, could sign the arms pact when he visits Cairo later this year.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8PHPPGTWAUUGH6O9MOCXQGBVV
    Media URN:
    VLVA8PHPPGTWAUUGH6O9MOCXQGBVV
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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