Mystery still surrounds the unexpected departure of the Libyan President, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, from Cairo, Egypt on Saturday (29 September).
Mystery still surrounds the unexpected departure of the Libyan President, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, from Cairo, Egypt on Saturday (29 September). He had arrived in Cairo without warning on Friday night, and had then been prevented by "illness" from attending a speech by President Anwar Sadat of Egypt. Colonel Gaddafi left for Tripoli the following day, Saturday.
On Friday night, President Sadat had told a joint session of the National Assembly and the Central Committee of the Arab Socialist Union (ASU), that Colonel Gaddafi was not present because he had suffered a 'sudden illness". He was making a speech marking the third anniversary of the death of President Gamal Abdel Nasser."
Shortly after his arrival in Cairo on Friday, Colonel Gaddafi had visited the tomb of president Nasser, and then dined with the former President's family. In reporting the Colonel's activities, the Cairo newspapers made no reference to any meeting with President Sadat.
On Saturday night, Colonel Gaddafi had been expected to attend the opening session of the Joint Constituent Assembly which consists of 50 Libyan and 50 Egyptian members. The delegates are responsible for drafting a constitution for a merger between Egypt and Libya. The Colonel had already left the country before the meeting began.
Colonel Gaddafi was also to have attended on Sunday a three-day seminar in Alexandria organised by libyan students studying in Egypt. According to the official programme, Colonel Gaddafi was due to speak on his cultural revolution and "the inevitability of Arab unity."
In his speech to the National Assembly and the Central Committee of the A.S.U., President Sadat promised to maintain his hard-line Middle East policy, and he told the United States of America that Egypt rejected a peace based on partial Israeli withdrawal from the Suez Canal.
SYNOPSIS: The newly-formed Joint Constituent Assembly formed by Egypt and Libya, met in Cairo on Saturday with one important guest missing. The President of Libya, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, had arrived in Cairo on Friday, but by the time the Assembly's meeting began, he had already left for home. He had also been unable to attend a speech by Egypt's President Anwar Sadat on Friday night, marking the third anniversary of the death of President Gamal Nasser of Egypt. President Sadat said Colonel Gaddafi had suffered "a sudden illness" and could not attend.
Colonel Gaddafi had also been expected to visit a three-day seminar in Alexandria organised by Libyan students studying in Egypt. He was scheduled to attend the seminar on Sunday, when he was expected to speak on his own cultural revolution, and "the inevitability of Arab unity."
The students therefore missed their most notable speaker. The nature of Colonel Gaddafi's illness is still a mystery. When he arrived in Cairo, he had visited President Nasser's tomb and dined with the late-President's family. His absence from the first session of the joint Assembly is certainly regarded as surprising. The Assembly considers of fifty Libyan and fifty Egyptian delegates, and it has been formed to prepare a draft constitution for a merger between Egypt and Libya -- a project which is an important part of President Gaddafi's current policy and enthusiastically supported by Libyan students.