The French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing visited the Suez Canal port of Ismailia on Saturday (13 December) with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and told a news conference that Egypt wished to develop peacefully.
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The Suez Canal port of Ismailia....and a carnival atmosphere on Saturday for the arrival of French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing and his host Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
Thousands turned out to greet the French President who was on a five-day official visit to Egypt that has beeb hailed as particularly successful by officials of both governments.
Later, President Giscard told a news conference that the re-opening of the Suez Canal was vital for Egypt.
The French President also told journalists that Egypt wanted to expand its economy peacefully. And he said that France would willingly aid in the development of the Egyptian economy through friend-ship, good relations and efficient co-operation.
Meanwhile, more details of the outcome of President Giscard's state visit have been released by the French and Egyptian governments.
Both countries have reached agreement in principle on French aid for setting up an arms industry in Egypt. France will also help build an underground railway in Cairo and a major aluminium plant. French officials also said that France was ready to help Egypt in the construction of nuclear power plants.
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Background: The French President, Valery Giscard d'Estaing visited the Suez Canal port of Ismailia on Saturday (13 December) with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and told a news conference that Egypt wished to develop peacefully.
Thousands of people turned out to greet the French President who was on a five day state visit to Egypt that ended on Monday (15 December). Street musicians and folk dancers provided a colourful welcome.
Later President Giscard told reporters that the re-opening of the Suez Canal was a vital economic instrument for Egypt. He added that the country wanted to expand its economy in peace.
President Giscard said that the Egyptian people could rely on the friendship, good relations and efficient co-operation of the French Republic.
Meanwhile, the President's state visit has been hailed as a success. Both countries have reached agreement in principle on French aid to set up an arms industry in Egypt. France will also help build an underground railway system in Cairo and a major aluminium plant.
While Egyptian Government officials have declined to detail the extent of the arms deal with France, the multi-million pound (sterling) project has the backing of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. It provides for the construction of jet aircraft and other military equipment.
The French government's willingness to help launch an Egyptian armaments industry is regarded by the Egyptians as a breakthrough for President Sadat's policy of diversifying his sources of weapons.
The Egyptian armed forces are almost exclusively Soviet equipped, a legacy of more than 16 years during which Egypt was the Soviet Union's closest Middle East ally.
French officials also said that France was ready to assist Egypt in the construction of nuclear power plants. They said that France could supply Egypt with Westinghouse-type nuclear power plants developing 1,100 to 1,200 megawatts as well as smaller units similar to the engines developed in France for its nuclear submarines.
Officials quoted President Sadat as saying he wished to enlist French co-operation in the nuclear field, although he had signed an agreement with the United States for atom plants. Although President Sadat was co-operating with the Americans, there was room for others, they said.