Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny, arrived at Cairo International airport on Wednesday (13th January) to begin an official visit to the United Arab Republic.
GV Russian aircraft taxies
GV Russian crowd waits
GV Egyptian leaders
SV Podgorny down steps and greeted by Sadat (2 shots)
LV Podgorny greets Aly Sabry and El Shafei
SV Children present flowers to Podgorny
GV Cheering crowd on balcony
SV Podgorny and Sadat link hands and wave to crowd
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Background: Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny, arrived at Cairo International airport on Wednesday (13th January) to begin an official visit to the United Arab Republic. He was greeted by President Sadat and other Egyptian leaders.
A large enthusiastic crowd waited at the airport for several hours to greet the Soviet President. Among the Egyptian leaders was President Anwar Sadat who was first to greet the Russian visitor. Mr. Podgorny was also introduced to Mr. Sabry and Mr El Shafei who were among waiting dignitaries.
A small crowd of Russians had also gathered at the airport, and gave their President a keen welcome. Flowers from them, were presented by two children.
President Podgorny, who has pledged to support Egypt against what he described as "Israel's adventurist policies which directly threaten peace", will attend opening ceremonies on Friday (15th January) for the Russian-backed Aswan High Dam.