President Anwar Sadat spoke for 70 minutes on Wednesday at the start of a special congress of Egypt's ruling organisation, the Arab Socialist Union.
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Background: President Anwar Sadat spoke for 70 minutes on Wednesday at the start of a special congress of Egypt's ruling organisation, the Arab Socialist Union.
Speaking to 1,500 leading members of the A.S.U., the President launched a broadly-based attack on the United States role in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
He said the United States had gone to extreme lengths in adopting the Israeli stand in the Middle East crisis. He said the U.s. had obstructed United Nations resolutions aimed at a peaceful settlement, had frozen the mission of UN mediator Gunnar Jarring, and mutilated all initiatives for a settlement, including that of Secretary of State William Rogers. He also attacked the consolidation of the U.S. Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean.
SYNOPSIS: A national congress of Egypt's ruling Arab Socialist Union opened at Cairo University on Wednesday. President Anwar Sadat mounted the platform with Mr Sayed Marei, newly appointed first secretary of the A.S.U. and secretary-general for the congress.
The President grinned broadly as he acknowledged the applause and cheers of the 1,500 leading members of Egypt's only political organization. There were more cheers when he announced that students held in connection with the recent riots would be released.
But President Sadat's face was grime as he spoke of the confrontation with Israel, and the United States decision to supply phantom aircraft to Israel. He accused the United States of obstructing United Nations resolutions aimed at a peaceful settlement, freezing the mission of U.N. mediator Gunnar Jarring, and mutilating all peace initiatives.
The President's speech was heard throughout Egypt on television and radio. He called on the people to prepare themselves for heavy sacrifice in the conflict with Israel. He also offered to stand down from the presidency if there were doubts about his leadership.
President Sadat said his recent consultations with Soviet leaders had been a great success, and hinted that Israel's increased air power would be matched by new armaments for Egypt.