The Egyptian Government has said that its action in ending the massive soviet Military presence in Egypt was aimed at furthering world peace.
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ZAYYAT: "Now we are twenty years and we find that we are still alive and still strong, we are still on the great broad road. We are still on the same road of our having our Socialist union, composed as it is from components including workers, farmers, national capitalists, the army, the educated, what do you call it....Anyhow we have our systems, we have kept our two systems -- externally, no alignment, internally, the socialist union. And that we have passed through this twenty years, with many setbacks, with many illnesses and diseases, but still are growing and healthy, is itself something that encourages us to stay ??? these roads. We are not congratulating ourselves, but we are more confident....we are as confident as perhaps we were not in 1952.... that these are the two real road for the progress of a country".
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Background: The Egyptian Government has said that its action in ending the massive soviet Military presence in Egypt was aimed at furthering world peace. Dr. Mohammed Zayyat, Minister of State for Information, made the announcement at a news conference in Cairo -- but he added that there was to be no break with Moscow as a result of the move.
Later, in reply to questions, Dr Zayyat declined to give the number of Soviet personnel involved in the pull-out. he denied that Cairo had been in consultation with the United States about the withdrawal.
A major part of the speech was devoted to internal progress made by Egypt during the past 20 years -- since the overthrow of king Farouk and the start of Soviet aid to the Egyptian people: