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).
SV President Sadat, Vice President Mubarek and Army Chief of Staff Gamassi shaking hands with Prime Minister Salem and other cabinet ministers
SV Mubarek,Sadat and Gamassi(from left to right) saluting PAN TO others as national anthem is played
SV ZOOM IN Sadat
SV Fahmi (on left) and Riad seated talking
SV Gamassi speaking
GV Troops marching past
GV Flags dropping attached to parachutes
SV Troops pass in armoured personnel carriers
GV Tanks pass (2 shots)
SV Sadat taking salute and Gamassi looking at sky
GV Helicopters overhead and trucks pulling artillery (3 shots)
President Sadat also mentioned the civil war in the Lebanon during his speech. he said Syria had declined his idea of a six party summit involving himself, President Sadat, King Khalid of Saudi Arabia, the Emir of Kuwait, President Sarkis of Lebanon and Mr. Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian leader. Mr. sadat said he would not attend a summit which excluded either President Sarkis or Mr. Arafat as Syria had suggested.
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Background: 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.