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    Egypt displayed new western weapons as well as Soviet military equipment in a parade to mark the third anniversary of the last Middle East war on Wednesday (6 October).

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    Egypt displayed new western weapons as well as Soviet military equipment in a parade to mark the third anniversary of the last Middle East war on Wednesday (6 October).

    SYNOPSIS: President Sadat, Vice President Hosni Mubarek and War Minister Abdel Ghani Gamassi were all at the parade. Egypt decided to diversify its sources of arms supplies after an argument with the Soviet Union over spare parts. Egypt had previously equipped almost all its armed services with Soviet weaponry, but President Sadat has since claimed that because of the lack of spare parts Egypt's Soviet arms will soon be reduced to scrap.

    War Minister, General Gamassi said the 1973 war, in which Egyptian forces crossed the Suez Canal had not ended occupation, but it had ended despair. He told members of the country's armed forces of a third of a million men, that liberation of Arab land still held by Israel was Egypt's first priority. But political efforts to do that must be supported by a vigilant and capable military force, he added.

    Libya, now on bad terms with Egypt, displayed Soviet Soud missiles at a parade last month. The Egyptians, who also possess the missiles which are capable of reaching Israel, displayed amongst their tank force tanks of American, British and French make which were captured from Israel after the 973 war. President Sadat took the salute while General Gamassi looked at his country's new helicopters.

    The helicopters are British Sea King and Commando makes and Anglo-French Gazelles. Another sign of Egypt's military diversity was the specially converted American jeeps carrying Soviet SA7 anti aircraft missiles and artillery. However President Sadat made it clear in a speech after the parade that Egypt is struggling for a peaceful solution, though it would resort to a military solution if it could not achieve a peace based on justice.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9NDZKJCJI6C10BL2WDJF8FY51
    Media URN:
    VLVA9NDZKJCJI6C10BL2WDJF8FY51
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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