The Camp David Accords: A Testimony By Sadat's Foreign Minister

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The Camp David Accords: A Testimony By Sadat's Foreign Minister

By Mohamed Ibrahim Kamel
Routledge & Kegan Paul/New York: Methuen, 1987
414 pp. $39.95
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Kamel was Egypt's foreign minister from November 1977 to September 1978. His predecessor, Ismail Fahmy, and the veteran minister of state, Mahmoud Riad, had resigned in disagreement with Sadat's policies; Kamel accepted the job reluctantly, struggled through "long hours, days and months of suffering," and finally resigned at the conclusion of the Camp David meetings. His experience was one of disillusion with Sadat for giving away the store-selling out the Arab cause in return for a separate peace-and with the Americans, especially President Carter, for persuading him to do it. His detailed account is full of interesting information and is a prime source, though not a disinterested one, for the Egyptian side of these historic negotiations.

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