Beame’s Dilemma: to Greet or Not to Greet Sadat

Mayor Abraham Beame has a dilemma: should he formally greet Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and give him a key to the city or shouldn’t he? Sadat is due here Wednesday as part of his visit to the United States. A spokesman for the Mayor said, however, that the ceremony for Sadat here is a “tentative” one. Sources here said that the State Department pressured Beame to see Sadat. The sources pointed out that Beame could do so without a fuss, but in view of Egypt’s affirmative vote for the UN Third Committee draft resolution on Zionism, the Mayor’s decision has become more complex. In 1957, Mayor Robert Wagner refused to see King Saud of Saudi Arabia, and in 1966 Mayor John Lindsay refused to see King Faisal.

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