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Congressman Protests Invitation to Egyptian to Address Congress Staff

Although Egypt severed diplomatic relations and expelled Americans, the State Department permitted an Egyptian diplomat to make a propaganda speech before summer “interns” from various colleges who are working at the U.S. Capitol. Rep. Joel T. Broyhill, Virginia Republican, charged today.

Rep. Broyhill told the House that he is protesting the Department’s permission to Dr. Ahmed Kamal Abul-Mag, Egyptian Embassy cultural counsellor, to make a “basically anti-American, pro-Soviet lecture” to young people employed by members of Congress. The address was made in the Senate by the Egyptian earlier this month. The sponsors of the lecture said they had invited an Israeli diplomat to speak in order to “balance” the speaker list.