MIDDLE EAST: The Latest Gifts from Russia

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat has had no luck in getting Israel to accept his proposals for settling the military impasse along the Suez Canal. He has, however, made progress in prompting Arab unity. Last week he signed an agreement of "confederation" with Syria's Lieut. General Hafez Assad and Libya's Muammar Gaddafi. Despite the optimistic tone of the announcement in Cairo's semi-official newspaper Al Ahram, Sadat gave no indication of what form the new confederation would take, or when it might go into effect.

Sadat has also proved adept in winning sympathy for Egypt...

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