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    Egypt's President Anwar Sadat celebrated the 21st anniversary of the 1952 revolution on Monday (23 July) with a major speech to the Arab Socialist Union -- the country's only political organisation.

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    Egypt's President Anwar Sadat celebrated the 21st anniversary of the 1952 revolution on Monday (23 July) with a major speech to the Arab Socialist Union -- the country's only political organisation.

    In his address, president Sadat indicated he was prepared to go ahead with a realistic union with Libya. However, he described the Libyan march into Egypt as "impetuous" and said union should be taken step by step, "with regard for the elements of time and sensitivity."
    The President was highly critical of the United States, which he said had adopted "a hostile and arrogant" attitude to the Middle East. He claimed Washington wanted the Middle East crisis to reach a phase where it was like "a paralysed body about to die". And this would be to the advantage of Israel.

    On relations between Egypt and the Soviet Union, President Sadat said the situation had been "almost frozen" since Soviet personnel were expelled seven months ago. He was not satisfied with the supply of arms....but did emphasise Egypt's gratitude, and its keenness to safeguard relations with Moscow.

    The speech was broadcast live on radio and television.

    On the same day, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, General Ahmed Ismail Aly, led a military celebration of the anniversary. The general placed a wreath at the Grave of the Martyrs. Earlier, General Ismail had renewed the Armed Forces' pledge to liberate every inch of Egyptian soil. He aid whatever is taken by force can only be restored by force.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8Y6VDFKYHP1YWIEVFI6UT2BTZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA8Y6VDFKYHP1YWIEVFI6UT2BTZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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