Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, in a rare display of Public anger, delivered a scoring attack on the Soviet Union on Thursday (4 September) accusing Moscow of trying to wreck Arab solidarity.
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Background: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, in a rare display of Public anger, delivered a scoring attack on the Soviet Union on Thursday (4 September) accusing Moscow of trying to wreck Arab solidarity.
He was also unusually strong in his criticism of Egypt's Arab allies, particularly Syria and Palestinian groups who refuse to recognise the existence of Israel and reject any idea of a peaceful settlement of the Middle East conflict.
In his speech to the Arab Socialist Union, broadcast throughout the Arab world, he referred scathingly to Soviet criticism of the accord signed in Geneva on the same day.
The Egyptian leader was almost shouting at times during his address which was frequently interrupted by applause.
His anger was directed at those who had accused him of acting against the Arab cause.
"If our aim was solely the recovery of Sinai, we would have achieved far more than we did", he said.
"The new agreement does not realise what I wanted ... it is just another step on the path to peace and a breakthrough in the stalemate."
President Sadat earlier met the Egyptian Cabinet in Cairo to present them with the terms of the interim agreement.