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PRESIDENTIAL SPEECHES

Vice President Sadatís Remarks After the Death of President Nasser
September 28, 1970
Vice President Sadat offers words of condolence and comfort to the nation upon the death of President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

President-Designate Sadatís Speech to the National Assembly
October 7, 1970
Anwar Sadat speaks to the assembly upon his nomination as the new President of the UAR. He pledges to continue the vision of the late President Nasser.

TV and Radio Broadcast of President Sadat after his Succession to the Presidency
October 18, 1970
Newly elected President Sadat thanks the country for its vote to approve him as President in a plebiscite.

President Sadat's Speech to the Third Session of the Egyptian People's Assembly in 1970
October 19, 1970
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
President Sadat grieves for the loss of the late President Nasser and expresses his desire to carry on the cause of Pan-Arabism, military strength, and economic progress.

Speech at a Memorial Rally for President Nasser
November 6, 1970
President Sadat addresses a crowd at a rally commemorating forty days since the death of President Nasser. Sadat reminisces about Nasserís leadership dring the revolution and the first years of Egyptís independence.

Address to the Fifth Ordianry Session of the ASU National Congress
November 12, 1970
President Sadat speaks to his party about the close relationship between the US and Israel and the need for the UAR to bind itself closer to the USSR and other Arab states.

Address to the Closing Session of the ASU National Congress
November 13, 1970
President Sadat congratulates the Congress on its recently completed session and offers words of encouragement for the future.

Statement to the Third Ordinary Session of the National Assembly
November 19, 1970
President Sadat stresses the metaphor of ďbattleĒ; battle for the liberation of occupied lands, battle for Arab solidarity, battle for economic progress, and battle for social transformation.

Summary of President Sadatís Speech to Diplomats
December 16, 1970
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park.
Donald Bergus recalls President Sadatís remarks to all the heads of diplomatic missions in Cairo. Sadat accuses the US of being wholly aligned with Israel and calls for the restoration of Egyptian land.

Statement to a Popular Rally in Tanta, Egypt
January 4, 1971
President Sadat retells the story of the air war in 1970 to the crowd and reaffirms the UARís relationship with the USSR.

Address to the University & Higher Institute Professors at Cairo University
January 8, 1971
President Sadat offers a history of Zionism as a conniving force, corrupting the policies of major powers since the Balfour declaration.

Address to the Teaching Staff of Assiut University
January 10, 1971
President Sadat outlines the UAR military capability, attacks the US for supplying Israel, and outlines foreign policy objectives of liberating the Palestinians as well as the land lost in 1967.

Address to a Popular Rally in Assuit
January 11, 1971
President Sadat describes the various attempts at peace between the UAR and Israel, but blames US bias for impeding an agreement.

Address to the members of the Judiciary of the High Court of Justice in Cairo
January 12, 1971
President Sadat reflects on the importance of the homefront, of the legal system, and of the desire for both peace and justice with Israel.

Address to a Popular Rally in Aswan, Egypt on the Completion of the High Dam
January 15, 1971
President Sadat contrasts Soviet friendship (namely, aid in construction of the dam) with perceived failures by the Americans to carry out promises.

Speech at the Alexandria Shipyards in Alexandria, Egypt
January 17, 1971
President Sadat recognizes the shipyards as another example of Soviet-Egyptian friendship.

Announcement of Peace Initiative
February 4, 1971
President Sadat announces a plan for partial withdrawal and reopening of the Suez to the National Assembly.

Statement before the National Assembly
February 4, 1971
President Sadat recalls various military skirmishes since the 1967 war and outlines the UARís goals for future struggle with Israel.

Speech at a Banquet Honoring Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito
February 14, 1971
President Sadat introduces President Tito and lays out the principles of friendship between the UAR and Yugoslavia.

Speech at a Banquet Honoring President Sadat given by Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito
February 15, 1971
President Sadat reflects on the trials and successes of the Egyptian people and offers words of friendship to the Yugoslavian leader.

Address to the Opening Session of the Congress of the Palestinian National Council
February 28, 1971
President Sadat declares the liberation of the Palestinians to be of the highest national priority and outlines principles of cooperation in order to achieve that end.

Statement to the Nation
March 7, 1971
President Sadat declares his intention to pursue diplomatic resolution of the struggle with Israel. He calls on the US to stand firm on its pledges and aid in the peace process.

Address to the People of the Sudan
March 28, 1971
President Sadat addresses the people of the Sudan in Khartoum, welcoming them to the fight against Israel and imperialism.

Speech to the Gabal El Awlia Military Academy of the Sudan
March 28, 1971
President Sadat reiterates the two tenets of relations with Israel: the need to regain all Arab soil and the need to secure the rights of the Palestinians.

Excerpts from a Speech by President Sadat Further Defining the Peace Initiative
May 1, 1971
President Sadat reiterates that any peace must include the return of Arab lands and be conducted within the boundaries of Security Council Resolution 242.

Report of President Sadatís Speech at Helwan
May 1, 1971
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park.
A State Department Summary of President Sadatís speech on May 1st, 1971. President Sadat recognized US peace initiatives, but also blamed the US for the failure of peace in the past. The speech also covers Egyptís relationship.

Address by President Anwar El Sadat at the Workerís Rally held at Helwan on the Occasion of Labour Day
May 1, 1971
President Sadat thanks the workers for their contribution to the nation and talks about his commitment to peace. However, he accuses the US of not being objective in its brokering of peace negotiations.

Address to the Nation by President Anwar El Sadat
May 14, 1971
President Sadat speaks, without notes, on the decision to dissolve the United Arab Republic and once again become the Arab Republic of Egypt. Sadat describes in detail the meetings with other Arab leaders that led to this decision.

Address by President Anwar El Sadat to the Delegation of the Judiciary
May 14, 1971
President Sadat expresses his thanks to the judges of Egypt.

Address by President Anwar El Sadat to the Lawyersí Delegation
May 14, 1971
President Sadat discusses the Egyptian military buildup, the need to maintain political and diplomatic pressure, and the need to continue building a modern state.

State Department Excerpt of President Sadatís Statement to the Delegation of Judges
May 14, 1971
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park.
State Department telegram quoting President Sadatís emphasizing his determination to maintain law and order.

Address by President Anwar El Sadat to the Delegation of Ulemas
May 16, 1971
President Sadat talks about the need for faith in pursuing the national mission of greatness and defeat of Israel.

Address by President Anwar El Sadat to the Delegation of Police Officers
May 16, 1971
President Sadat thanks the police officers for their support through government turmoil and talks about the security of the homefront being of paramount importance.

Address by President Anwar El Sadat at a Special Meeting of the Peopleís Assembly
May 20, 1971
President Sadat addresses the assembly after the crackdown on political opponents and speaks about the air war with Israel. He also discusses his own legitimacy and actions after the death of Nasser.
 
Address to the Officers of the Naval Forces
June 22, 1971
President Sadat commends the members of the navy for their service to the nation and states that Egypt must build a stronger military to become a modern state. He calls 1971 a Ďyear of decisioní for the conflict with Israel.

Report of President Sadatís Closing Remarks to the ASU Congress
July 28, 1971
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park.
A report in a Soviet newspaper, Pravda, reports on President Sadatís closing remarks where he signals some flexibility towards Israel.

Report of President Sadatís Address to a Closed Session of the ASU National Congress
July 30, 1971
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park.
An unnamed source inside the closed session gives a summary of President Sadatís remarks. Sadat stresses his unwillingness to ally with the USSR and hopes for US assistance.

Summary of President Sadatís Address to the Arab Socialist Union Central Committee
August 9, 1971
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park.
A State Department telegram summarizing President Sadatís address to the Central Committee, specifically his view of relations with the US, USSR, and Israel.

Summary of President Sadatís Address to Student Leaders
August 17, 1971
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park.
A State Department telegram summarizing a speech by President Sadat to 200 student leaders on the subject of tension with Israel and restricting government interference with student organizations.

Excerpts from a Speech Reviewing the Situation Since the Peace Initiative
November 11, 1971
President Sadat blames Israel for the failure of the peace process and chides the US for bowing to pressure from Israel.

Speech to the Afro-Asian Solidarity Organization
January 10, 1972
President Sadat welcomes the organization to Egypt and commends them for their work for peace and justice.

Address to the Nation
January 13, 1972
President Sadat recalls an Israeli armored incursion after the 1967 war and compares it to Israeli efforts in the diplomatic arena. Sadat states that Israel and the US cannot impose their wishes on the region because of the vastness of the Arab nation and the western dependence on oil. He calls upon the US to use its influence over Israel to make peace a reality.

Speech to a Meeting of the Representatives of the Peopleís Working Forces
January 25, 1972
President Sadat accuses the US of provocation by supplying Israel with weapons, particularly aircraft. He says that the time has come to prepare for battle and calls for national unity for the task. Sadat also comments on a protest staged at Cairo University.

President Sadat's Speech to the Second Session of the Egyptian People's Assembly in 1972
October 15, 1972
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
President Sadat delivers an overall report on the state of the United Arab Republic,
especially its relationship with Israel, the US, the USSR, and other Arab states.

Excerpts of a Speech Calling for an Arab-Israeli Peace Conference
October 16, 1973
President Sadat addresses an extraordinary session of the Peopleís Assembly in the Midst of the October War. President Sadat calls for negotiations for peace and an Arab-Israeli peace summit to determine the fate of the occupied territories.

Remarks on the Arrival of President Nixon in Cairo
June 12, 1974
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
Presidents Nixon and Sadat make brief statements in Cairo about the future of US-Egyptian relations and the state of the Middle East.

Excerpt from a Speech in Salzburg
June 1, 1975
President Sadat speaks to the need to establish durable peace in the Middle East.

Excerpt from a Speech at the Joint Meeting of the Central Committee and Peopleís Assembly
September 4, 1975
President Sadat stresses the need to buy and produce arms to ensure any peace agreement is just.

Address at the Opening Session of the Peopleís Assembly
October 18, 1975
President Sadat speaks of support for national liberation movements everywhere, for the UN Charter, and for non-alignment.

Excerpt from a Speech to the National Press Club
October 27, 1975
President Sadat says that he has been ready for peace since 1971, but stops short of endorsing a plan to open Egyptís borders to trade with Israel.

Speech at the National Press Club
October 27, 1975
President Sadat states that the Palestinians need to be recognized as an independent people and blames Israel for obstructing peace talks. He then answers questions on a variety of subjects.

Remarks on the Arrival of President Sadat to the United States
October 27, 1975
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
Words of welcome by President Ford and an expression of thanks by President Sadat.

Excerpt from a Speech at the Islamic Centre in Washington D.C.
October 28, 1975
President Sadat laments Israelís possession of both Christian and Muslim holy places.

Speech to the Economic Club
October 30, 1975
President Sadat traces the history of Egyptís transformation from a feudal society and gives a general outline of development plans and prospects for foreign investment. He invites both foreign capital and know-how to partner with Egypt in the immediate future.

Speech to Egyptian Expatriates in Washington D.C.
November 6, 1975
President Sadat speaks and answers questions on the Egyptís plans for the future regarding Israel, the US, and the Arab world.

Speech to British Businessmen
November 7, 1975
President Sadat touts his open door policy and mentions the advances made by the Egyptian economy, as well as challenges for the future.

Speech to Members of the Egyptian Community in Britain
November 8, 1975
President Sadat lectures on the October War and signals his willingness to negotiate with the US despite ideological differences.

Speech to Arab and African Ambassadors
November 8, 1975
President Sadat calls for unity in pursuing a just peace with Israel based on the return of land and securing the rights of the Palestinian people.

Excerpt from a Speech Welcoming the President of France
December 10, 1975
President Sadat stresses the need to recover land in the Sinai in order to begin the process of rehabilitation.

Address to the Peopleís Assembly
March 14, 1976
President Sadat gives an all-encompassing speech on the state of affairs in Egypt. He discusses his plan for social and political progress as well as a general overview of foreign relations.

Address to the Population of Ismailia at El Shifa Mosque
March 19, 1976
President Sadat reflects on the accomplishments of the Revolution and his view of the office of President as a father is to the family that is the Egyptian people.

Speech after the Swearing-In of a New Cabinet
March 21, 1976
President Sadat lays out the challenges of the nation for the new cabinet members. He addresses the political challenges of delivering services to the population, defending the nation and preserving the economic system of a nationalized economy.

Speech before Members of the Army in Ismailia
March 22, 1976
President Sadat addresses the Second Field Army in an evacuation camp, expressing his and Egyptís pride in their determination. He goes on to reiterate his commitment to recover lands lost in the 1967 war and discusses relations with other Arab nations and the Soviet Union.

Speech to the Leadership at the Port Said Governorate
March 22, 1976
President Sadat praises Port Said for its sacrifice in the 1976 war and says all of Egypt owes a debt to the city.

Speech to Members of the Third Army
March 24, 1976
President Sadat recalls the October War and praises the Third Army for its bravery in that conflict. He goes on to address the rebuilding of the Suez, relations with other nations, and domestic reform.

Speech to the Air Forces
March 25, 1976
President Sadat praises the Air Force for its service to the nation, particularly in the air war after the 1976 ground conflict. He also touches on foreign policy and economic challenges to the whole nation.

Speech to the ASU Central Committee
March 27, 1976
President Sadat first addresses the economy and stresses the need for socialist solutions to the problems of farmers and workers. But he also stresses an open door policy for free trade with the worldís richest nations and leaves room for some liberalization of internal regulation.

Excerpt from a Speech to the German Foreign Policy Society
March 30, 1976
President Sadat mentions the inherent benefits of ending the conflict with Israel: ending physical suffering, but also relieving the economic burden of a large defense budget.

Lecture Given at the German Society for Foreign Policy
March 30, 1976
President Sadat discusses the concept of Arab Unity and his wish for strong relations with all of Europe.

Speech to the Arab Ambassadors in Bonn
March 31, 1976
President Sadat addresses the challenges facing the Arab community, including struggle with Israel, economic development, and political freedoms.

Speech to the Municipality of Rome
April 6, 1976
President Sadat gives a brief statement about Romeís historical importance as a crossroads between Europe and Islamic culture.

Excerpt from a Speech during a Visit to the Vatican
April 8, 1976
President Sadat says that all believers in one God are one nation and that all religions call their followers to oppose hatred, suffering, and injustice.

Speech during President Sadatís Visit to the Pope
April 8, 1976
President Sadat speaks of peace between religions and the dignity afforded to all human beings by God.

Speech during a Visit to Yugoslavia
April 8, 1976
President Sadat praises the leadership of President Tito and thanks Yugoslavia for standing by Egypt in its wars with Israel.

Speech at a Press Conference held by Egyptian Journalists in Vienna
April 12, 1976
President Sadat sums up his thoughts on his trips to Italy, Germany, and Austria. He also discusses the break in relations with the Soviet Union.

Speech to the Egyptian Community in Vienna
April 13, 1976
President Sadat briefly discusses the relations with the Arab community and the internal economic and social affairs.

Labour Day Speech in Suez
May 1, 1976
President Sadat reminisces about modern Egyptian history and describes his vision for the future. He also addresses the situation in Lebanon, blaming the leaders there and the Arab community for failing the Lebanese people. Finally, he addresses the Palestinian question and calls on the Arab community and the world to resolve the Israeli-Arab struggle.

Excerpt from a Speech to the Holy Qoran Broadcasting Service
May 5, 1976
President Sadat speaks of the tolerance of Islam and discourages fanaticism and hysterics.

Speech to the Conference of the Federation of Arab Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture
May 20, 1976
President Sadat expresses his distress over Lebanon and also discusses Arab unity in the face of such a crisis.

Excerpt from a Speech to a Delegation of M.P.s from West Germany
May 25, 1976
President Sadat lists the steps he has taken to make peace, and calls on Israel to join him in Geneva for a comprehensive peace agreement.

Speech on the Occasion of Africaís Day at Ras El Tenn Palace
May 25, 1976
President Sadat discusses the challenges of the continent, especially problems in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. He also links apartheid in South Africa to Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

Speech to a Delegation of West German Members of Parliament
May 25, 1976
President Sadat addresses questions on Lebanon, German aid to Egypt, VP Mubarakís trip to China, and the Soviet Union.

Meeting with Egyptian Students in Bonn
March 31, 1976
President Sadat gives an overview of Egyptís challenges with Israel and economic development. He also implores the students to study hard and then devote themselves to bettering Egypt.

Speech at the ďHoly KoranĒ Broadcasting Service
May 31, 1976
President Sadat discusses the importance of Islam, not as a fanatical faith, but as an agent of mercy and compassion.

Speech to the Workers at the Abou Rodeis Oilfield
June 5, 1976
President Sadat briefly recounts his decision to continue oil production up to a half an hour before launching the October War. He also mentions a surplus in the petroleum budget after two years of deficit.

Speech in Ghardaka
June 5, 1976
President Sadat recalls that June was once a month of grief, after the Egyptian loss in the Six Day War. But after the October War, Sadat states, Egyptians have recovered their status and wiped away the memory of 1967.

Speech at the Administrative Leaders Conference
June 17, 1976
President Sadat stresses the critical need for leadership at this moment in history and lays out a six point framework for national action.

Excerpt from a Speech at the Meeting of the Peopleís Assembly Nominating President Sadat for a Second Term
August 25, 1976
President Sadat stresses the need for further use the October War.

Excerpt from a Speech on the Sixth Anniversary of the Death of President Nasser
September 28, 1976
President Sadat says the main focus of the nation should be on rebuilding the armed forces.

Excerpt from a Speech at the Inaugural Session of the New Peopleís Assembly
November 11, 1976
President Sadat congratulates newly elected President Jimmy Carter and hopes to work with the American president towards peace.

Excerpt from a Speech during a Visit to Ismalia
December 4, 1976
President Sadat says that 1977 will be the year of maximum effort for a peace with Israel.

Excerpt from a Message to the People of Port Said on the 20th Anniversary of its Victory
December 23, 1976
President Sadat promises to the city that he will never give up an inch of land as he pursues peace.

Excerpts from a Speech to the Peopleís Assembly
November 9, 1977
President Sadat expresses his willingness to negotiate in Geneva, agreeing to any procedural demands by the Israelis.

Speech to the Inaugural Session of the Peopleís Assembly
November 9, 1977
President Sadat gives a speech encompassing the entire state of affairs for Egypt. For the first time, he states his willingness to speak to the Knesset to make peace.
 
President Sadatís Speech to the Knesset
November 20, 1977
President Sadat addresses the Israeli legislature, calling for peace and a lasting, fair settlement.

Prime Minister Beginís Speech to the Knesset
November 20, 1977
Prime Minister Begin speaks after President Sadat and also calls for fair and stable peace.

President Sadat Speech to the Peopleís Assembly
November 26, 1977
Upon his return from Jerusalem, President Sadat addresses the future of Arab-Israeli relations and the prospect of peace.

Statement before the Peopleís Assembly
November 26, 1977
President Sadat discusses the upcoming negotiations with Israel and recalls the events that led to the October War.

Remarks by Presidents Sadat and Carter at Aswan, Egypt
January 4, 1978
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
President Sadat welcomes President Carter to Egypt while Carter offers his thanks and stresses the importance of the peace process.

Remarks by Presidents Sadat and Carter on the Formers' Arrival to the US
February 3, 1978
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
Both leaders offer warm remarks and a commitment to peace.

Remarks by President Carter Upon his Return from a Two-Day Stay with President Sadat at Camp David
February 5, 1978
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
President Carter briefly describes his visit with President Sadat. Also included is a White House press release on the event.

Remarks on the Departure of President Sadat from the US
February 8, 1978
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
Presidents Sadat and Carter reaffirm their commitment to the peace process and reflect on the progress made during the course of the visit.

Welcoming Remarks on the Arrival of President Carter to Cairo
March 8, 1979
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
President Sadat and President Carter exchange words of greeting.

Remarks to the Egypt-US Business Council
March 27, 1979
Courtesy of the National Archives at College Park
President Carter introduces President Sadat and reminisces on their time together.