The crisis following the downing of a Libyan airliner by Israeli fighters had been keeping Egyptian leaders busy.
The crisis following the downing of a Libyan airliner by Israeli fighters had been keeping Egyptian leaders busy. Foreign Minister Dr. Mohammed Hassan El Zayyat conferred with Arab ambassadors on Sunday (25 February), and later President Anwar Sadat discussed the situation with Members of Parliament.
The Parliament has condemned the downing of the 'plane as "a barbarian crime which took place on the instructions of Israeli authorities." It urged the government to seek a meeting of the United Nations' Security Council to discuss Israel's action "and to adopt effective measures to impose punishments against Israel."
SYNOPSIS: In Cairo, there has been intensive political activity following the downing of the Libyan airliner by Israeli fighters. The Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohamed Hassan El-Zayyat, met ambassadors form other Arab countries on Sunday. They discussed Arab reaction to the incident, in which 106 people were killed.
The victims included people from Libya, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and France. The Arab League has received a special message about the shooting-down form the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kurt Waldheim. He said he'd asked for a thorough investigation.
Meanwhile, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat conferred with Parliament members on the crisis. The Parliament condemned the downing of the airliner as "a barbarian crime which took place on the instructions of the Israeli authorities." It urged President Sadat to see a meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss the Israeli action and to take effective measures to impose punishments against Israel.