The Egyptian Government's programme for closer economic ties with the Communist countries has taken yet another step forward, with the delivery of the passenger ship S.
CU. Bow of ship and name.
SCU. Crest on ship's funnel.
CU. Mr. HASSAN IBRAHIM, President Economical Organism making speech.
GV. Audience seated.
SCU. President of Mail Line Ing. AHMED ABBOUD making speech.
GV. Audience seated.
CU. Customs Officials.
SV. Ing. Ahmed cuts ribbon and leads officials up gang way.
GV. Ships and People up gangway.
Pan Pan stern of ship down to gangway.
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Background: The Egyptian Government's programme for closer economic ties with the Communist countries has taken yet another step forward, with the delivery of the passenger ship S.S.Mokattam, from Yugoslavia. This vessel, which is one of five ordered by Egypt through an economic and trading organisation, was handed over to the Khedivial Mail Line, Egypt's main shipping line, on Saturday, March 1st.
Present for the ceremony was the president of the shipping line, Mr. Ahmed Abboud, and the president of the trading organisation, Mr. Hassan Ibrahim.
In the past year machinery and arms have been purchased from members of the Communist bloc, either by loans from these countries, or in exchange for cotton. This is part of Nasser's anti-West campaign, sparked off by the repercussions from the nationalisation of the Suez Canal, and a desire to occupy a bargaining position in the Middle-East, whereby Egypt can force the Western allies, through their fear of Russian infiltration in this part of the World, to grant her concessions.
The Arab United Republic is regard as yet another move in this direction. Nasser is attempting to consolidate the arabs into a bloc from where he upset the balance of power at will. This can only be looked upon as a threat to an already inflammable situation.
The history of European politics over the last 100 years is dotted with recurring instances known as the Middle-East question, and once again disturbances in that region require consideration when policies are formed in Europe.