Egyptian President Anwar Sadat met with his cabinet on Wednesday (18 July) following reports of a march on Cairo by thousands of Libyans, planning a "sit-in" to demand the immediate full merger of Libya and Egypt.
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Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat met with his cabinet on Wednesday (18 July) following reports of a march on Cairo by thousands of Libyans, planning a "sit-in" to demand the immediate full merger of Libya and Egypt.
Later, President Sadat sent a strongly-worded message to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi urging him to call of the march. The language of the by President Sadat to another Arab country, was believed to have seriously damaged prospects for union between the two countries, due to take place in September.
Egypt's forceful reaction to the proposed Libyan march on Cairo emphasised the doubts among Egyptian political leaders as to the final form of a union. President Gaddafi has said he would settled for nothing less than a fell merger between the two countries.
President Sadat's message to the Libyan leader contained thinly veiled criticism in its emphasis on "seriousness, objectivity, and responsibility."
An announcement from Cairo later said the marchers would be allowed no further than Merse Matruh, 250 miles (400 Kms) west of Cairo. Egypt's only political party, the Arab Socialist Union (A.S.U.), also voiced disapproval of the march and offered, instead, a meeting at Merse Matruh with one hundred Libyan representatives.