King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, making an nine-day visit to Egypt, inspected Suez battlefields of the October War yesterday (July 31).
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, making an nine-day visit to Egypt, inspected Suez battlefields of the October War yesterday (July 31). Accompanied by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, King Faisal crossed the Suez Canal on a pontoon bridge thrown across it by the Egyptians when they stormed the Bar Lev line in the opening hours of last year's war.
After the Kin had seen the devastation, it's reported that he suggested forming a joint Saudi-Egyptian company to help rebuild the war-ruined canal towns.
King Faisal will spend nine days in egypt -- reportedly his longest state visit to any country. Principal discussions with President Sadat begin on Saturday. Then the two leaders will have several urgent matters under consideration, notably the traditional search for Arab unity and efforts to resolve the rift between Jordan's King Hussein and the Palestinians.
There have been reports that President Sadat will seek King Faisal's intervention to mediate in the dispute between King Hussein and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.
SYNOPSIS: Egypt, currently grappling with the huge cost of repairing war damage in the Suez Canal area, could find a potent ally in King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. On his second day of his state visit to Egypt, the King on Wednesday drove over the pontoon bridge thrown across the Canal at the start of the October War. Egyptian soldiers involved in the fighting were among those welcoming the Saudi monarch.
King Faisal's host, President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, was with him throughout his tour of the Suez area. The King's visit is scheduled to last for nine days -- reportedly his longest state visit to a foreign country.
The Egyptian Third Army Commander, Major General Ahmed Badawy, explained the October War campaign in this sector. Having attained their bridgehead, Egyptian troops stormed the Israeli fortifications of the Bar Lev Line.
After the king had seen devastation to towns in the Suez area, it's reported he suggested forming a joint Saudi-Egyptian company to undertake the task of rebuilding. Principal talks between the two leaders were due to start on Saturday. Top of the agenda was the elusive search for Arab unity, with the latest rift between King Hussein of Jordan and the Palestinians as the most urgent problem There were reports that Kin Faisal might be asked to mediate personally.