Egypt is intensifying its efforts to find a solution to the civil war in Lebanon.?
Egypt is intensifying its efforts to find a solution to the civil war in Lebanon. On Wednesday (29 September), President Anwar Sadat met with a number of people interested in the Lebanese situation, among them left-wing leader kamal jumblatt.
SYNOPSIS: The historic meeting took place at President Sadat's residence on the Nile Delta, about 20 miles (32 kms) north of Cairo. It was also attended by Egyptian Vice-President Hosni Mubarek and Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi. Mr. Jumblatt, the first Lebanese left-wing leader to visit Cairo since the start of the civil war, bitterly criticised Syria for its intervention in his country. He had flown to Cairo by executive jet from Cyprus after sailing there from Lebanon. The only feasible land route out of Lebanon at present is through Syria. Mr. Jumblatt's often-repeated hostility towards the Syrian government ruled out the possibility of his using that route.
President Sadat later met with Sheik kamal Adham, a special envoy of king Khaled of Saudi Arabia. Their discussions concerned a limited summit meeting their two countries propose to have with Kuwait, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. With the rift between Egypt and Syria widening, Mr. Sadat was considering refusing to sit down at the same summit meeting with Syrian leaders. As he left Egypt, Mr. Jumblatt himself launched another attack on Syria.