WASHINGTON (Oct. 22)
The red carpet will be rolled out here for Egyptian President Anwar Sadat’s 10-day state visit to the United States from Oct. 26 through Nov. 5, his first to this country.
Though specific details are being withheld for security reasons, U.S. officials have disclosed that besides the usual formalities here for a visiting head of state important to U.S. diplomacy, Sadat also will make appearances in four other major cities–New York, Chicago, Houston and Jacksonville, Fla.–address the United Nations General Assembly, the Congress and the National Press Club. He and Mrs. Sadat will arrive in Williamsburg, Va. on Oct. 26.
Sources here said Sadat is expected to make a request to Administration officials for $5 billion to $7 billion in weapons aid over a period of at least a decade. That total far exceeds the $2,2 billion that Israel arms aid, now in negotiation, will cost over the next three years. U.S. officials reportedly believe Sadat plans a 10-year program which, through purchases from the U.S. and other countries, will free Egypt from its current dependence on Soviet military aid which has made practically all of Egypt’s ground, air and sea arms of Soviet origin.
Sadat is expected to present President Ford and Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger with a long “shopping list” of weapons and supply equipment he wants for Egypt’s military forces of 323,000 men.
MAY NOT BE INVITED TO ADDRESS CONGRESS
It was reported that Sadat may address the joint session of Congress on Nov. 5, the last day of his visit, rather than this month. No Israeli official has ever addressed the Congress and the number who have made such addresses is small. The possibility was reported here yesterday that one result of the criticism leveled against the UN Third Committee’s approval last Friday of a draft resolution equating Zionism with racism might be a withholding of the invitation to Sadat to address