President Nasser of the UAR led a mass rally in Republic Square, Cairo July 22 in celebrations on the eve of the seventh anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, which ousted King Farouk.
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LV Anwar-el-Sadat speaks.
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CU Moslem religious guest.
LV Nasser speaks.
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SV Flower bed commemorating Revolution.
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Background: President Nasser of the UAR led a mass rally in Republic Square, Cairo July 22 in celebrations on the eve of the seventh anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, which ousted King Farouk.
The Square has accommodation for half a million persons, who next day watched a big anniversary military parade.
Among principal spectators at the rally were members of the ruling National Union Party; representatives of the Coptic Religion; former ambassador to Iraq, El-Sayed Faik el-Samari; Commander of the UAR Armed Forces, General Aly Amer; and National Union Secretary General Anwar el Sadat.
In his speech President Nasser made what observers regarded as the first public overture to Britain since the 1956 Suez Crisis when he said he wanted friendly relations with Britain as well as the United States and the Soviet Union - on a basis of mutual respect and "positive neutrality".
In the field of inter-Arab relations, the UAR's policy was unity. He promised to give unqualified support to the peoples of Africa and Asia - whom, he said, were suffering unspeakable injustices at the hands of imperialism.
The President's speech omitted usual attacks in Iraq and Jordan.
He emphatically denied that the U.A.R. wished to impose union on Iraq. He said communists had succeeded in convincing General Kassam that he (Nasser) wished to create an Arab empire under his own leadership. "Sooner or later", he said, "the UAR and Iraq will bear arms side by side in defending the cause of freedom".