Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, making his first public speech before other Arab leaders, yesterday (Friday) pledged himself to continue the policies of the late President Nasser.
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Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, making his first public speech before other Arab leaders, yesterday (Friday) pledged himself to continue the policies of the late President Nasser. He was speaking, together with other Arab leaders, at ceremonies marking the end of the 40-day mourning period for President Nasser.
President Sadat has been holding talks in Cairo this week with the Sudanese and Libyan heads of State, General Gaafar el Nimeiry and Colonel Muammer Gaddafi, both of whom accompanied him at yesterday's ceremonies. Palestinian guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat was also there.
Speaking to a crowd of 20,000 people, Mr. Sadat praised his predecessor for his refusal to recognise the borders drawn inside the Arab world by the forces of "imperialism". President Nasser, he added, had always regarded the Arabs as indivisible and had sought to cut across artificial boundaries.
True to his pledge to follow the Nasser doctrine, President Sadat's talks with the Sudanese and Libyan leaders have been aimed at preserving unity of policy in the year-old tripartite alliance.
Speaking later, General Nimeiry said that the countries of the tripartite alliance were more determined than even to consolidate the union and co-ordinate their policies as one progressive socialist bloc.