Cheering crowds gave Egyptian President Anwar Sadat an ecstatic welcome when he visited Suez City on Sunday (5 October) as part of his tour of the Canal area.
GV Sadat out of car TILT UP TO crowds on balconies (2 shots)
SV INT Sadat, Salem and others sitting down (3 shots)
GV TILT DOWN EXTERIOR Mosque
MV Sadat out of Mosque, waves to people, crowd cheer Sadat embraces official
SV PAN Cheering crowds on street PAN TO cheering crowds on balconies AND TO car leaving (2 shots)
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Background: Cheering crowds gave Egyptian President Anwar Sadat an ecstatic welcome when he visited Suez City on Sunday (5 October) as part of his tour of the Canal area.
The President took part in prayers for Bairam which marks the end of a month of fasting in the Moslem calendar.
Suez City saw vicious fighting in both the 1967 and 1973 Middle East wars. The people of the city were evacuated to other areas of Egypt and many have only recently been able to return to their homes.
As the President joined the worshippers in the city's Elghareb mosque, Israel was handing over to Egypt three oilfields in northern Sinai across the Suez Canal. The handover is part of last month's interim peace accord between the two countries.
On Monday, (6 October), the following day, President Sadat was due to take the salute at a military parade to mark the second anniversary of the October war against Israel. Egypt will show off its newly acquired French and British aircraft at the parade.
Syria and the Palestine Liberation Organisations have made it clear they regard the Egypt-Israeli peace agreement as " a sell out" of the Arab world. But Sunday's scenes in Suez City and President Sadat's other recent public appearances prove that his countrymen are in favour of the peace accord and the President's popularity is probably greater than ever.
SYNOPSIS: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat received an ecstatic welcome when he visited Suez city on Sunday, as the first clauses of the recent peace agreement with Israel came into force.
The Suez city visit was part of the President's tour of the Canal area. President Sadat and Prime Minister Mamdouh Salem entered the city's Elghareb Mosque to take part in prayers for Bairam which marks the end of a month of fasting in the Moslem calendar.
As the President worshipped, in northern Sinai across the Canal Israel was handing over three oilfields to Egypt as the first part of last month's interim peace agreement. Syria and Palestine Liberation organisations have made it clear they regard Egypt's peace with Israel as a sell out of the Arab world. But these scenes like President Sadat's other public appearances recently show that most of his countrymen are in favour of the agreement and that President Sadat's personal popularity has probably never been higher.
Suez city saw vicious fighting in both the nineteen-sixty-seven and nineteen-seventy-three wars. The people were evacuated to other areas of Egypt and it is only recently that many of them have been able to return to their homes.