In the Soviet Union on Thursday (12 January) a meeting was held to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the late Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser.
In the Soviet Union on Thursday (12 January) a meeting was held to mark the 60th anniversary of the birth of the late Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser. The meeting took place in Moscow's Friendship House and was marked by several speeches in praise of the Egyptian leader.
SYNOPSIS: The first speech was by Zinaida Kruglova, the Chairwoman of the body which co-ordinates the activities of the Soviet Union's numerous Friendship Societies.
She paid tribute to the work of President Nasser in shaping the modern state of Egypt following the revolution which overthrew the monarchy in 1952. Nasser is acknowledged as the chief architect of that revolution which drove the unpopular King Farouk into exile.
The Chairman of the Soviet Afro-Asia Solidarity Committee, Mr. Mirza Ibragimov, spoke next. He said that President Nasser had always attached great importance to good co-operation between his country and the Soviet Union.
He paid that the Soviet people had been, and remained an ally and friend of Egypt in its struggle for peace and progress. But Mr. Ibragimov did not refer to recent strains between Egypt and the Soviet Union since President Nasser's successor, Mr. Anwar Sadat, expelled Russian advisers and ended his country's reliance on Soviet military equipment.