INTRODUCTION: The American Secretary of State, Alexander Haig on Wednesday (7 October) warned outside powers against interference in Egypt as a result of the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.
CU & GVs Haig speaking. (3 SHOTS) 1.34
SPEECH (TRANSCRIPT) HAIG: "Intelligence that we have available to this government, confirmed by that available to our friends in Egypt, suggests that it was an assassination, not a coup d'etat, and that the base of this assassination was a group of fundamentalist religious fanatics, centred not exclusively, but primarily in certain military units. I think it's important to emphasise at the outset the determination of this government, of President Reagan especially, to continue to build on the friendship and the cordial relationships between ourselves and the government and people of Egypt, the most populous nation in the Arab world. In this regard, I think I can commit this government, with the approval of President Reagan, this morning, to the firm dedication of continued American support to the government and the people of Egypt. They would view with great concern, at this juncture, any efforts by external powers to manipulate the tragic events of the last 24 hours."
Background: WASHINGTON, USA
INTRODUCTION: The American Secretary of State, Alexander Haig on Wednesday (7 October) warned outside powers against interference in Egypt as a result of the assassination of President Anwar Sadat. In the first substantive statement to come from the Reagan administration since the assassination, Mr. Haig said he many stay on in the Middle East after President Sadat's funeral to consult with other governments on the peace process and the political situation in general.
Source: REUTERS, NEW YORK