EGYPT: Sadat's American Connection

"This is an opportunity to open a new page in relations between our countries," observed Egyptian President Anwar Sadat when he accepted the credentials of Hermann F. Eilts, the U.S.'s first ambassador to Egypt in seven years. Sadat's remark was an understatement. Washington-Cairo relations have been improving so fast that it has been more like opening a new book.

The balmy new atmosphere was demonstrated by President Nixon's request to Congress last week for $250 million in aid for Cairo. The last time Egypt received such a sizable American grant was nearly...

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