During a cordial meeting with President Pompidou on Friday (8 January) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Egypt's Vice-President Mr.
During a cordial meeting with President Pompidou on Friday (8 January) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Egypt's Vice-President Mr. Hahmoud Riad delivered a message from the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
The contents of the message were not disclosed, by Mr. Riad, who is also Egypt's Foreign Minister, told reporters after his 70-minute meeting with M. Pompidou that he hoped France-Egyptian co-operation would help bring peace in the Middle East.
Mr. Riad discussed with M. Pompidou all aspects of U.N. emissary Gunnar Jarring's peace mission, including the possibility of a violation of the cease-fire on the Suez Canal and resumption of warfare. The cease-fire is due to expire on February the fifth.
The Egyptian Government is expected to renew the cease-fire if Mr. Jarring secures from the Israelis at least a declaration of intent, if not a time-table, for withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Sinai desert.
But the French Government is confident that in the event of a Jarring failure, the big-four powers - France, the United States, the Soviet Union and Britain - would be able to take up the matter and prevent a flare-up on the canal, according to French diplomats.
Mr. Riad's statement that Egypt looked to France for help to bring peace to the Middle East is seen in Paris as an indication that Egypt favours big-four responsibility in line with France's policy.