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Cairo-Moscow ties fray; Sadat favors an EC role

Soviet-Egyptian relations took a turn for the worse with reports that two Soviet officials had been arrested on espionage charges and that a third had been granted asylum in Egypt.

Soviet Embassy First Secretary Evgeni Blinov confirmed the arrest of one official but said he had no knowledge of the other reports.

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Meanwhile, Egyptian President anwar al-Sadat has expressed firm support for a European Community (EC) peacemaking role in the Middle East, after talks with the British foreign secretary, Lord Carrington.

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