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Sasson Discusses with Sadat Sharply Criticized Raid

June 11, 1981
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Egypt’s President, Anwar Sadat, received today Israel’s Ambassador, Moshe Sasson, for a discussion of Israel’s Sunday air attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor. Sasson met for an hour with Sadat, giving him a personal message from Premier Begin. Sasson declined to tell newsmen about the content of the Begin note and described his meeting with Sadat as “candid and sincere.”

The meeting with Sadat came in the wake of unprecedentedly strong criticism in Egypt against Israel. Sadat himself had called the attack “unlawful and contradicting the spirit of peace.” Members of both the ruling party and the opposition party in Egypt expressed their opposition to the raid. Some demanded that Egypt freeze relations with Israel, deport Sasson and call back Egyptian envoy Sa’ad Mortada from Tel Aviv.

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