The World: Egypt's Open Secret

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's personal distaste for his Russian allies has long been one of the worst-kept secrets in the Arab world. Sadat is not given to making his private views public. But observers close to the Cairo scene report that Egyptian-Soviet relations are now at their lowest point since Sadat's Cabinet purge last year, when he first realized the full extent of Russian infiltration of Egypt's political and administrative apparatus.

In part, the antagonism reflects a conflict in styles. The elegant Egyptian President, whose tastes in tailoring run to Savile Row suits, finds the Russians crude and boorish. But there are...

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