• Short Summary

    Egypt's President Anwar Sadat called on the People's Assembly (Parliament) on Sunday (14 March) to repeal a five-year old treaty of friendship with the Soviet Union.

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    Egypt's President Anwar Sadat called on the People's Assembly (Parliament) on Sunday (14 March) to repeal a five-year old treaty of friendship with the Soviet Union.

    His surprise statement at the end of a major policy speech brought wild cheers and a standing ovation. Observers in Cairo said the President's move formally sealed Egypt's turn from dependence on the Soviet Union to increasingly close ties with the United States and western Europe.

    President Sadat accused the Soviet Union of playing cat and mouse with him - refusing either new arms supplies or more time to pay off debts. He told the Assembly that the Soviet Union had implemented the treaty only when they wished, and it had become "just a scrap of paper". He said the Soviet refusal to supply spares for Russian-made weapons and aircraft had turned Egypt's arsenal into a scrapyard.

    The Kremlin was Egypt's main source of arms and aid for more then two decades, but relations between Moscow and Cairo turned sour in the years immediately before and after the 1973 war with Israel.

    Rapid approval for President Sadat's proposal to end the treaty came form the Egyptian Parliament. On Monday (15 March) only two votes out of the 360 member Assembly were recorded in opposition to the move.

    In reaction to President Sadat's proposal, a Moscow radio commentator said that "those who initiated this action will bear grave responsibilities for its consequences". And in Jerusalem official sources described it as a "propaganda effort to win over American public opinion".

    SYNOPSIS: Egyptian and Soviet flags fly together as President Anwar Sadat and Soviet President Podgorny sign a fifteen-year friendship treaty. That was in 1971. By July 1972 relations had changed so dramatically that President Sadat had called on Moscow to withdraw all Soviet military experts based in Egypt. And on Sunday, March the fourteenth this year, President Sadat delivered the coup de grace on the treaty when he called on Egypt's People's Assembly to repeal it. His request was greeted by wild cheers and a standing ovation.

    President Sadat made his statement on the treaty at the end of a major policy speech and observers in Cairo said that the move formally sealed Egypt's turn from dependence on the Soviet Union to increasingly close ties with the United States and western Europe.

    Rapid approval for President Sadat's proposal came from the Egyptian Parliament. On Monday only two votes out of the three-hundred-and-sixty member Assembly were recorded in opposition to the move.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA95YVTHPT2F4VHQ2RN1A0RRK98
    Media URN:
    VLVA95YVTHPT2F4VHQ2RN1A0RRK98
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:43:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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