MIDDLE EAST: Maneuvering Toward the Summit

Merchant ships moved through the Suez Canal last week for the first time since the Six-Day War eight years ago. In preparation for the canal's formal reopening on June 5, the West German freighters MÜnsterland and Nordwind sailed to Port Said from the Bitter Lakes along with 13 other ships. The rusting carriers had been trapped there since the canal was blocked in 1967. Discerning a parallel between the preparations for the canal reopening and the broader peace negotiations that have made it possible, Egyptian Cartoonist Salah Jaheen in al Ahram last week drew President Anwar Sadat piloting a tug...

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