President Anwar Sadat of Egypt launched the 8,000-ton freighter "Suez" on Friday (July 28) -- just a week after ordering the expulsion of Soviet military advisers from the country.
GV PAN Ship before launching
SCU Sadat about to launch and pulling tape
GV Ship sliding down slipway
GV Cheering crowd at slipway after launching (2 shots)
MV Sadat walking through crowd
GV Cheering crowds
MV Sadat walking in shipyard
SCU Sadat meeting officials
SCU Women at ceremony
MV Sadat walks up to mike for speech
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Background: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt launched the 8,000-ton freighter "Suez" on Friday (July 28) -- just a week after ordering the expulsion of Soviet military advisers from the country. The ship was partly built by Russians.
The vessel is one of twenty such ships the Soviet Union agreed to help build in an agreement signed earlier this year--and the launching was intended to emphasise President Sadat's hope for future development of heavy industry in the country.
Now, however, that development may have been impaired. A ten-year economic development agreement to be signed in Moscow in September could be shelved indefinitely unless the two countries can work out their differences.
At the launching ceremony, there were no Russians on the platform as President Sadat broke a bottle of River Nile water over the bows of the "Suez". And several hundred Russian technicians who helped build the ship were relegated to a back seat during the ceremony.