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    General Felix Malloum, the head of state of Chad, is visiting Egypt.

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    General Felix Malloum, the head of state of Chad, is visiting Egypt.

    SYNOPSIS: He arrived on Wednesday (5 January) accompanied by his Foreign Minister Lieutenant Colonel Kamougue and several other ministers. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was at Cairo airport to meet General Malloum. Four years ago the two countries signed a treaty of friendship but General malloum's predecessor, M. Ngarta Tombalbaye, who was Killed in a coup in 1975, was President of Chad at that time.

    In April last year General Malloum escaped an attempt on his life when three grenades were thrown into the official stands at a military parade in the Chad capital, Ndjamena. Six people were killed and 71 were injured in the incident. The secretariat of the Chad National Liberation Front led by Dr. Abba Siddick claimed responsibility for the attack from Algiers. In a televised broadcast later General Malloum accused the governments of Algeria and Libya and left-wing political parties in France of aiding the Chad National Liberation Front. The night of his arrival President Sadat held a dinner in General Malloum's honour at the Abdine Palace in Cairo.

    General Malloum has announced that 1977 should be the year of national reconciliation for Chad after 16 year of economic disorder under previous administrations.

    General Malloum has also announced that though Chad is a poor country it intends to remain independent of all other countries and power groups. President Sadat praised Chad's policy of political independence during the evening and he presented General Malloum with the Nile Collar decoration. The day after the dinner, Arab league officials in Cairo announced that the first Arab African summit conference would be held in the city in March.

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