Egyptian President Anwar Sadat announced on Sunday (27 July) that the former Shah of Iran would be accorded a full state funeral.
GV EXTERIOR Maadi Military Hospital in cairo
SV Armed soldiers and security guards outside entrance to hospital (2 SHOTS)
GV Medical staff looking out from window
GV Pressmen waiting outside entrance PULL BACK TO GV Hospital
GV PAN Kubbeh Palace EXTERIOR
GV President Sadat with members of the dead Shah's family enter Place.
CU President Sadat speaking, at news conference (2 shots)
SADAT: "For me the Shah was a friend, a Moslem brother and a man who stood with Egypt and with me in our difficulty. You can't imagine, I should have liked that he would have lived six months like a human being. Since the day he arrived here, the day he arrived here no one knows that he was suffering -- I can't imagine to what extent his suffering has been and very, very fatal diseases also. But it is the will of God at last, all of us one day will meet this in fate, we are human beings."
REPORTER: "Did the Shah have any last words, was he alert when he passed away, did he have any messages?"
SADAT: "He left me a message a very simple funeral and he had asked to be buried here in Egypt even this has said to me was abroad before he arrived and he said if anything happens to me, I want to be buried in Egypt. Well, we are fulfilling his wish, his will. He asked for a very simple funeral, but we are going to give all due respect to this man."
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Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat announced on Sunday (27 July) that the former Shah of Iran would be accorded a full state funeral. The Shah died at a military hospital in Cairo on Sunday. He had suffered from cancer for six years. After his flight from Iran, the Shah sought refuge first in Egypt, then in the Americans. His odyssey finally led him back to Egypt, here he was admitted to hospital on June the 27th.
SYNOPSIS: The Shah spent his last month in Maadi Military hospital in Cairo. There armed soldiers maintained tight security in the face of Iran's new Islamic leadership who had demanded the return of the Shah, his family and his wealth. President Sadat, defying such demands announced on Sunday that the former emperor would be buried alongside the Egyptian Royal family. For some weeks work had been under way at the Rafai Mosque to prepare a burial place in the tomb of King Faud, the father of Egypt's late King Farouk.
President sadat interrupted his summer holiday when he heard the news of the Shah's death. He returned from Alexandria to visit Empress Farah Diba, the Shah's widow and third wife. Empress Farah was with her husband when he died. His death occurred in the early hours of Sunday after a shock to his shock to his circulatory system from a haemorrhage in a pancreatic abscess. President Sadat called a news conference following the Shah' death He told reporters he mourned the death of a friend "before the entire world, especially the Moslem world."