President Anwar Sadat of the United Arab Republic has ordered that the country's entire Governmental machinery be placed in a state of readiness for war, it was disclosed after a meeting in Cairo of civil leaders.
GV Building where meeting was held
LV Ministers seated
SV Military officers
SV Fawzy & Minister talking
SV Religious leaders greeted
SV Fawzy talks to Sabry
SV Ministers seated
SV Sadat arriving with Shafei & other Ministers
CU Sadat on rostrum
LV Sadat seated on stand with Shafei & Ministers
SV Riad in centre of group seated
LV Ministers seated
Initials CM/JH/SGM/2215 CM/JH/SGM/2305
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: President Anwar Sadat of the United Arab Republic has ordered that the country's entire Governmental machinery be placed in a state of readiness for war, it was disclosed after a meeting in Cairo of civil leaders.
The exact import of the President's instructions was not immediately clear, but in effect he was making a tough reply to Israeli Premier Golda Meir's appeal to Egypt in the Knesset for a new "page of peace" between Israel and Egypt.
President Sadat has repeatedly stressed in recent weeks that Egypt will not agree to a third extension of the cease-fire along the Suez Canal unless steps are taken for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territories.
He has also frequently stressed that Egypt's Soviet-backed armed forces strengthened with a new missile system along the canal, are ready for battle. "We are seeking a peaceful solution with all our might. At the same time we are consolidating our armed forces as much as we are able."
At the meeting, first in a series he is holding with top officials and military advisers, he warned Israel might meanwhile resort to some action aimed at disrupting the Egyptian internal front. He said every responsible official on the home front must behave as "a commander of the battle", and as a responsible soldier.
He warned that top priority must be given to the "battle", and there must be complete co-ordination between the executive, political and legislative organisations to provide for its needs.
The President said Egypt would bot extend the ceasefire when it expires on February fifth unless there was evidence of serious progress in United Nations peace talks under Dr Gunnar Jarring towards implementing the Security Council Resolution of November 22nd,1967.