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    West Germany and Egypt on Thursday (8 June) restored diplomatic relations broken off seven years ago.

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    West Germany and Egypt on Thursday (8 June) restored diplomatic relations broken off seven years ago. Thursdya's official announcement was made simultaneously in Bonn and Cairo.

    Both countries have agreed to send ambassadors to the respective capitals as soon as possible, but the names of the envoys were not made known.

    Egypt, along with nine other Arab states broke off diplomatic relations with West Germany in 1965 because of aid from Bonn to Israel. Of the ten, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Algeria and the Sudan had already resumed diplomatic ties with West Germany.

    Thursdya's announcement will mean that Egypt will now have two German ambassadors in Cairo. East Germany established relations with Egypt in 1969.

    Since 1965, the West Germans have been far from inactive in Egypt. Although operating under the Italian flag, they have continued an extensive aid programme. West Germany, after the Soviet Union, is also the biggest trader with Egypt.

    In Cairo on Thursday, the West German charges d'affaires took over the embassy, which had, for the past seven years, been looked after by the Italian embassy. VISNEWS cameraman Ken Ludlow was in Cairo to record the event.

    SYNOPSIS: At a ceremony in Cairo on Thursday, West Germany took possession of the embassy, which for the past seven years has been looked after by the Italian Ambassador. The ceremony marked the restoring of diplomatic relations between West Germany and Egypt, who -- along with nine other Arab states -- had broken off diplomatic relations with West Germany in 1965 because of aid from Bonn to Israel.

    On hand for the ceremony were the Italian Ambassador and the West German charges d'affaires. Both Egypt and West Germany have agreed to send ambassadors to the respective capitals as soon as possible. The West Germans, although operating under the Italian flag, have not been inactive in Egypt for the past seven years. They have continued an extensive aid programme, which includes the building of three bridges across the Nile River, electrification and irrigation projects. In addition, West Germany -- after the Soviet Union -- is the biggest trader with Egypt.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADKF6JOK773WVTV84U8TCPI7TV
    Media URN:
    VLVADKF6JOK773WVTV84U8TCPI7TV
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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