President Sadat's announcement that he was ousting the 20,00-strong Soviet military team from Egypt was made on Tuesday (July 18) at a meeting of the Arab Socialist Union's Central committee.
GV EXT Central committee building
CU War Minister Sadek and Said Marei (Minister of Agriculture)
SV Hussein El Shafi (Vice-President) listens
SV Min. of State Hafez Ismail, Premier Sidky and Information Minister Hatem talking
SV Assembly speaker Bald, deputy P.M. Zayat & A.S.U. Sec. Gen. Ahmed Ismail talking
SV Interior Minister Salem and foreign Minister Ghaleb talking
President Sadat arrives and greeted by Shafi and Sadek
STV Sadat enters main hall
GV Members applaud
SV Sadat sits down
SV Members seated (5 shots)
ARAB SOCIALIST UNION BUILDING, CAIRO: WAR MINISTER SADEK AND AGRICULTURAL MINISTER MAREI: VICE-PRESIDENT SHAFI: MINISTER OF STATE HAFEZ ISMAIL, PREMIER SIDKY AND INFORMATION MINISTER HATEM TALKING: ASSEMBLY SPEAKER BADAWY: DEPUTY PREMIER ZAYAT AND A.S.U. SECRETARY GENERAL AHMED ISMAIL TALKING: INFORMATION MINISTER SALEM AND FOREIGN MINISTER GHALEB TALKING: PRESIDENT SADAT ARRIVING AND GREETED BY SHAFI AND SADEK: SADAT ENTERING MAIN HALL AND SITTING DOWN TO APPLAUSE.
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This film, showing the beginning of the conference at which President Sadat made his announcement, was shot by Visnews cameraman Hazsan Dahish.
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Background: President Sadat's announcement that he was ousting the 20,00-strong Soviet military team from Egypt was made on Tuesday (July 18) at a meeting of the Arab Socialist Union's Central committee.
The A.S.U. -- Egypt's only political party -- was expecting to hear an important announcement, but reports say that President Sadat's move came as a stunning surprise.
President Sadat's told the meeting, attended by most of the leading figures in Egyptian politics, that soviet forces had already begun leaving for home. He had asked them to go for three reasons, he said -- for limiting its supply of arms to Egypt; for supporting the continuing state of 'no war, no peace in the Middle East; and for its readiness to concede Arab territory in a Middle East peace settlement.
The announcement came less than a week after Prime Minister Aziz Sidky flew to Moscow for talks with soviet leaders. It was reported that Dr. Sidky told the soviet government that either it should come up with more arms for use against Israel, or face the prospects of having its pilots, technicians, missile exports and military advisors thrown out of Egypt. the announcement also came just about a year after the 15-year Soviet-Egyptian friendship treaty went into effect, in July 1971.
Meanwhile, as President Sadat also called for a new meeting with the soviet government to decide on their future relationship, foreign observers in cairo were reportedly wondering where this latest move left Egypt in international diplomacy. For its relations with the United States were broken after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, and had worsened in recent months. Now, with Soviet-Egyptian relations less close than since the 1967 war, and with the Egyptian takeover of all Soviet military installations set up in Egypt since the war, foreign observers felt that Egypt left itself without close friends in international east-west circles.