Egypt's President Anwar Sadat has declared his country's support for the Palestinian guerrilla movement and urged Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon.
Egypt's President Anwar Sadat has declared his country's support for the Palestinian guerrilla movement and urged Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon. He was speaking in Cairo on Thursday on the 24th anniversary of the overthrow of the Egyptian monarchy.
SYNOPSIS: President Sadat's two-and-a-half hour speech was made to a joint session of parliament and the Arab Socialist Union. In it, he blamed an abortive coup in Sudan recently on "Libya's madman", an apparent reference to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
Relations between Egypt and Libya have been troubled for some time and Libya has threatened to break all links. President Sadat expressed full support for the Sudanese and their armed forces.
On the Lebanese question, President Sadat also warned Israel against intervention. He said that while there's no reason for Israel to intervene yet, "there is no doubt that Israel will act to realise its dreams if the scheme of portioning Lebanon saw the light."
He called on Syria to withdraw her troops and said that while the Syrians claimed they were keen on safeguarding the Palestinian movement, they were attacking it in Lebanon.
President Sadat told delegates that Egypt, Sudan and Saudi Arabia have reached agreement in principle to bolster their defence capability. He said high-ranking officers of the three countries would meet soon to work out details of the tripartite military co-operation agreement.