Egyptian Vice-President Hosni Mubarak returned to Cairo from khartoum on Thursday (8 July) and was followed a few hours later by Arab League Secretary-General Mahmoud Riad who had been shuttling between Damascus and Beirut for a week in an effort t being peace to Lebanon.
SV Vice President Mubarak coming down steps of plane and greeted by Premier Mamdouh Salem and War Minister Mohammed Gamassi
SV Mubarak taking to Gamassi
SV Security at airport
SV Mubarak, Gamassi and Salem walking across tarmac
SV Arab League Secretary General Mahmoud Riad entering airport lounge
SV Riad talking to newsmen
SV Riad speaking in English
"We appealed to both sides for the ceasefire and we invited them to a meeting and so far, we have succeeded in bringing them together to the first meeting. But, unfortunately, as a result of the continuation of the fight in the North, a second meeting was cancelled."
Mr. Riad was later asked if the League's peace-keeping force in Lebanon was making any progress. He replied, "It is purely a force to restore peace. It cannot perform its duty while fighting continuing and ceasefire calls are being ignored." Mr. Riad is the Head of an Arab League Commission whose two other members are the Bahrain and Tunisian Foreign Ministers, both of whom have also returned home after the unsuccessful peace efforts.
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Background: Egyptian Vice-President Hosni Mubarak returned to Cairo from khartoum on Thursday (8 July) and was followed a few hours later by Arab League Secretary-General Mahmoud Riad who had been shuttling between Damascus and Beirut for a week in an effort t being peace to Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: When he arrived in Cairo, Vice-Premier Hosni said an agreement had been reached for military co-operation and co-ordination between Egypt and Sudan. He was met at the airport by Premier Mamdouch Salem and War Minster Mohammed Gamassi. The Vice-President later told newsmen that na Egyptian military mission was visiting Sudan for discussion with military commanders there. He recalled that Egypt placed its armed forces on standby when the recent attempted coup took place in Sudan. In the clearest indication of the Egyptian role in Sudan so far, the Vice-President stated that what threatened Sudan threatened Egypt. He gave this is one of the main reasons for Egypt's strong support of Sudan.
Shortly after he arrived in the Egyptian capital, the Arab League Secretary-General, Mahmoud Riad, Looking wear and Disappointed, told newsmen of the failure of his efforts to bring peace to Lebanon.