Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny has renewed his country's pledge of political, economic and military support for Egypt.
SV INT. Podgorny and delegates arrive
SV Russian delegates follow
CV PAN form President Sadat to Podgorny prior to talks
SV Podgorny talking to Sadat
SV Sadat and Podgorny enter conference room
SV Sadat and Podgorny seated for talks (3 shots)
LV Russian delegates, including Gromyko at table
SV UAR delegate at table
LV Podgorny and delegates
GV Talks in progress
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Background: Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny has renewed his country's pledge of political, economic and military support for Egypt. In talks that began immediately after the Russian's arrival in Cairo explanation of the recent tension and political upheaval in Cairo that resulted in large scale dismissals of Egyptian officials. Several of these officials, including former Vice President Aly Sabry, were men noted for their leanings towards the Soviet Union.
President Sadat is reported to have asserted that the purge through government and party posts was purely an internal matter, and had no bearing on existing relations between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: The Soviet President Mr. Nikolai Podgorny and his delegates have been holding discussions with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and his ministers.
The Soviet party's visit was being described in Cairo as unofficial. But the strength of the delegation suggested that the Russians were there to assess what effect Cairo' recent political turbulence might have on their relations with Egypt.
Reuter reports that, after hearing President Anwar Sadat's explanation of the events that led to large scale dismissals among Egyptian government and party posts, President Podgorny had renewed his country's pledge of political, military and economic aid to the country. Among the officials and ministers dismissed by Sadat were men noted for their leanings towards the Soviet Union. Former Vice president Aly Sabry was one of them.
The Soviet delegation includes Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. President Sadat is reported to have assured his visitors that his recent purge was purely an internal matter, and has no bearing on existing relations between Egypt and the Soviet Union.