West German Chancellor Willy Brandt arrived in Cairo on Sunday (21 April) from Algiers on a three-day visit during which he was to hold talks with President Anwar Sadat.
West German Chancellor Willy Brandt arrived in Cairo on Sunday (21 April) from Algiers on a three-day visit during which he was to hold talks with President Anwar Sadat. Herr Brandt's visit is believed to be the first official one to Republican Egypt by a West European Head of State.
The West German Chancellor began his series of talks with President sadat soon after his arrival in Cairo. Talks between the two leaders are expected to cover the Middle East situation and its implications for European security, the proposed dialogue between the European Common Market and the Arab nations and bilateral topics such as trade, technical assistance and West German investment in Egypt's economy. The initial meeting between Herr Brandt and President Sadat took place at the Egyptian leader's Cairo residence.
Besides meeting Egyptian leaders, the West German Chancellor was also scheduled to meet envoys of a number of Arab countries while in Cairo. Following his initial meeting with President Sadat, Herr Brandt said that West Germany and Egypt had the opportunity to work for a new relationship in favour of peace. President Sadat said Egypt's search for world peace was a genuine goal and not a tactical manoeuvre.