INTRODUCTION: The Mexican President, Jose Lopez Portillo, arrived in Cairo on Friday (23 January) for talks with his Egyptian counterpart, President Anwar Sadat.
SV President Portillo leaves car and enters President Sadat's home.
SV INTERIOR Presidents seated with woman interpreter between them.
SV President Sadat PAN TO President Portillo in conversation.
SV News photographers taking pictures as the two Presidents continue talking. (2 SHOTS)
President Portillo left Cairo on sunday (25 January) for New Delhi where he was scheduled for an official six-day visit. India, along with West Germany, France, Britain and Nigeria, has indicated its willingness to attend the Rich-Poor Nations Conference, but as yet no date has been fixed.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Mexican President, Jose Lopez Portillo, arrived in Cairo on Friday (23 January) for talks with his Egyptian counterpart, President Anwar Sadat. President Portillo visited Egypt as moves were made in international circles to persuade the United States, the Soviet Union and China to sit around the conference table in the North-South talks which are likely to be hosted by Mexico in June.
SYNOPSIS: After visiting the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum on Friday, the Mexican President called at Mr. Sadat's home in the Cairo suburb of Giza. While the men spoke, international efforts continued to arrange talks aimed at forging a common will to try to deal with the economic imbalance: the so-called North-South dialogue. Austria and Mexico initiated the idea for the talks, which are expected to be attended by about 20 leaders of industrialised and developing countries.
President Sadat's country is one which would benefit from a constructive North-South dialogue. But, unless the United States, the Soviet Union and China take part, it is feared profound talks on world economic developments will not be possible.
The Soviet Union is the only country which has not expressed an interest in attending. The Soviet Union has always regarded the North-South problem as being entirely the making of the "imperialist" powers.