Egyptian President Anwar Sadat arrived back in Cairo on Friday (4 November) after a six-day tour of Romania, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat arrived back in Cairo on Friday (4 November) after a six-day tour of Romania, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The main topic of his talks in the three countries was the Middle East crisis but he also discussed bilateral issues.
SYNOPSIS: While away, President Sadat gave Egypt's viewpoint on reconvened Middle East peace talks to Romania's President Nicolae Ceausescu, the Shah of Iran and King Khalid of Saudi Arabia. Money was an important topic: Iran has provided Egypt with about one billion dollars in economic aid since 1974, and aid from Saudi Arabia, Egypt's main financial backer in the Arab world, already runs into several billion dollars. Egypt and Romania want to increase bilateral trade in the next three years from 97 million to around 500 million dollars a year.
On this return, President Sadat was quoted as having said Egypt would boycott peace talks in Geneva unless the United States and Arab countries set down a compete advance agreement on discussion topics. The official Middle East news Agency (MENA) said he had put this view to newsmen on their flight back from Saudi Arabia. He wanted a working committee to prepare an agenda for topics to be negotiated at Geneva.
The stumbling block to talks remains the Arab's insistence on, and Israel's rejecting, an official Palestinian presence at Geneva.