Egypt's Foreign Minister, Mr Boutros Ghali, has visited the European Economic Community headquarters in Brussels as part of a four-day official visit to Belgium.
GV (MUTE) EEC headquarters in Brussels.
CU INTERIOR: Egyptian Foreign Minister Boutros Ghali with EEC President Roy Jenkins entering room and sitting.
CU: Ghali PAN TO Jenkins during talks (2 shots)
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Background: Egypt's Foreign Minister, Mr Boutros Ghali, has visited the European Economic Community headquarters in Brussels as part of a four-day official visit to Belgium.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Ghali's visit to Belgium was primarily to exchange views with Government leaders on the Middle East situation and the peace negotiations with Israel. During his talks with the President of the EEC Commission Roy jenkins, Mr Ghali was expected to discuss trade and foreign aid, which loom large in Egyptian plans to transform the country's economy.
Egypt recently signed an accord with the EEC establishing a preferential relationship with Common Market countries. It is to the Western countries and Japan that Egypt is turning for aid now that funds from hard-line Arab States have dried up in the wake of Egypt's unilateral peace negotiations with Israel. It's been reported that over the next five years egypt wants a total of 21 billion U.S. dollars in the form of assistance and investment.