Egypt is intensifying its efforts to find a solution to the civil war in Lebanon.?
GV Residence of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on Nile Delta near Cairo
MV PAN President Sadat, left-wing leader Kamal Jumblatt, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi and Egyptian Vice-President Hosni Mubarek
MV President Sadat and Mr. Jumblatt shaking hands; President Sadat leaves by car (2 shots)
MV President sadat greets Sheik kamal Adham, special envoy of King Khaled of Saudi Arabia; both sit and chat (3 shots)
CU Mr. Jumblatt speaking at Cairo Airport
JUMBLATT: "Syria wants....the actual regime in Syria...we accused him of being so much egoistic... egosome....that he wants that everything good or bad...must be...must be carried out through him....through Syria....because the actual government of Syria wants to play the Lebanese card on the international forum in order to get some concession on the Golan Heights and to regain some of the lost lands even if it happens that the whole of Lebanon is transformed into a new Vietnam. We are not a...we are a hard people, after all, and we know how to fight."
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Background: 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.