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No Final Decision Made by Germany on Arms Sale to Egypt

Officials here said yesterday that no final decision has been made on the sale of arms to Egypt. They confirmed, however, that military cooperation has been agreed to between West Germ any and Egypt and negotiations for weapons sales are underway.

The agreement was reached during the recent visit here of the Egyptian Defense Minister, Abdel Halim Abu Gasala who met with his West German counter part, Manfred Woerner. Gasala told reporters that Israeli opposition to German weapons sales to Egypt were groundless because Egypt fully respects and abides by its peace treaty with Israel.

According to Gasala, the Soviet Union poses the greatest danger in the Middle East. He said the Soviets have stationed a rapid deployment force in Libya and that half the Egyptian army is deployed on the Libyan border to meet any danger from that country.

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