- Title: EGYPT: SAUDI ARABIA RESTORES DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH EGYPT.
- Date: 19th November 1987
- Summary: NOVEMBER 17 1. GV & SVs Saudi Arabian embassy raising Egyptian flag. (3 SHOTS) 0.18 2. CU Cameramen looking at flag, SV PULL BACK TO GV flag on building. (2 SHOTS) 0.25 3. CU PAN Saudi ambassador leaving building. 0.37 4. GV PAN Embassy exterior, CU Saudi embassy plaque, GVs EXTERIOR guards outside. (4 SHOTS) 1.02 NOVEMBER 18 5. MCU Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Butros Ghali speaking. (English SOT) (3 SHOTS) 2.02 GHALI: (SEQ 5) "As concerning the war between Iraq and Iran, we have supported the Resolution 598 adopted by the Security Council, and we believe we must put pressure on all the parties concerned, mainly on the five permanent members of the Security Council, to do something, to move from the adoption of the resolution to the implementation of the resolution." QUESTION: "How much is the Iran threat to the Gulf states a factor in the Arab countries restoring relations with Egypt?" GHALI: "I would not say that this was the main factor. The main factor is that the relation was already existing between Egypt and different Arab countries. We have an Egyptian ambassador in Baghdad and they have a Iraq ambassador in Cairo. But it was a formality; it is a formality which has significance, a symbolic value." Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 4th December 1987 12:00
- Location: CAIRO, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: General
- Reuters ID: LVA8AY7TFZ39T07ZNS0CN3OAAZ78
- Story Text: CAIRO, EGYPT
Saudi Arabia became the seventh Arab country to restore diplomatic relations with Egypt on November 17 in Cairo, when the Saudi Arabian embassy hoisted the green and white Egyptian flag over the building. Saudi Ambassador Assaad Abdei Karim Abou el-Nasr said: 'As former King Abdullah Aziz said, as long as Egypt and Saudi Arabia agree, then the whole Arab world is all right'. Altogether 13 Arab League members states have restored formal ties with Egypt, which were cut in 1979 when the Arab world boycotted it for signing a peace treaty with Israel. The recent Arab League Summit in Amman, Jordan, left it up to individual nations to decide on resuming formal ties with Egypt. Egypt's support for Baghdad in the Iran/Iraq war was a major element, said diplomatic sources, in revitalising its image in the Arab world. Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Butros Ghali said on November 18 that the restored ties have a symbolic significance more than anything else.
<strong>Source: REUTERS - MOHAMED FAHMY</strong>
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