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Sadat Mutes War Cry; Egypt Implicated in Tal’s Assassination

The likelihood of any overt move by Egypt that could lead to a renewal of hostilities with Israel appeared to diminish today. President Anwar Sadat’s speech last night to the Central Committee of the Arab Socialist Union, Egypt’s only legal political party, was described here by political analysts as nebulous and muted though he had been widely expected to repeat his recent bellicose pronouncements and even announce a new deadline for the Suez cease-fire.

Cairo’s apparent backtracking was viewed here as partly the result of the Indian-Pakistani war which has shifted world attention away from the Middle East conflict and partly due to new strains in the fabric of Arab unity.