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EGYPT -WEST GERMANY: Cairo's hopes forbeen cloudedMunich incident and resultant strains in- West German relations.
Egypt's initial public reaction to the events in Munich was guarded, but Cairo was quick to react negatively to West German charges that it had not fully cooperated with Bonn.
The newly arrived German ambassadoreptember for clarification of hisposition. Egyptian media alsoostile barrage against 3onn for making what Cairo considered false allegations about theposition and condemned West Germany for havingrap for the fedayeen.
In spite of some attempts by both sides tothe strains in their relations, serioushave remained. isit to Bonn by theforeign minister scheduled for later this month has been postponed, and the presentation of theof the West German ambassador in Cairo has been delayed for five days. Moreover, an Egyptian spokesman announced that Cairo had found Bonn'sof the Munich incident and its aftermathr The meeting in Cairo yesterday of the West German Hnbassador and the Egyptian foreign minister, however, may have rectified some of the issues between the two countries. According to the influentialAhram, Egypt hopes for improved relations with West Germany. The article indicates that both countries are making an effort to paper over thehe Egyptian cabinet is scheduled to discuss the situation today*
Before the Munich incident Cairo was clearly interested in strengthening relations with Western Europe, including Bonn. Egypt has looked to these countries as sources of economic aid, political support in the confrontation with Israel, and as potential suppliers of some military equipment* In particular, Cairo had hoped to rally West European
support at the UN General Assembly session later this month. These considerations evidently have taken second place, however, to reacting against what the Egyptian leadership almost certainly sees as another Western assault on itsEgypt will not directly condemn the acts of thegroups, and it continues to lay theblame for the terrorism on Israel.
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