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Former First Ladies pay tribute to Iran's Mohamed Reza Shah Pahlavi and Egypt's Anwar El Sadat in Cairo



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"We can lose a lot of things, we can lose our country, our loved ones, our positions, our belongings, but we can never lose hope. One day, I am sure, this nightmare will be over."   -Farah Pahlavi, Shahbanou of Iran to L.A. Times correspondent Borzou  Daragahi



Cairo, July 26th 2007


Iran's Royal Family, Friends and supporters of the Constitutional Monarchy gathered in Cairo for the annual Homage to the former and Last Shah of Iran, Mohamed Reza Shah Pahlavi and the 25 century Old Institution of the Monarchy which he represented during his 38 years of reign. The occasion gathered several hundred Iranians who had made the trip to Cairo and was also an opportunity to pay tribute to Egypt's Former President Anwar El Sadat in presence of his widow Mrs. Jehan Sadat. The ties between Iran's Royal family in exile and Egypt's former first Lady have strengthened since the demise of the two leading leaders of the Middle East in the 1970's. Paradoxically both Men who contributed to a rare stability in the region and were respectively indirect ( For The Shah) and direct ( For Sadat) Architects of the Camp David Peace Accords of 1977 (that earned the Egyptian Raïsse the Nobel Peace Prize) were to pay dearly for their "un-holy" alliances with the West and Israel.  The Shah of Iran was overthrown by the Islamic Revolution and abandoned by his allies, except by his true Egyptian friend and ally who considered him as his Brother. He was to succumb to cancer while in Egypt in July 1980. President Sadat had followed in the shah's footsteps, making peace with Israel and realigning his country with the U.S. rather than the Soviet Union.



Solitude and Enduring Love ©


He was shot to death in 1981 by Islamic militants during a military parade. The two widow's of these two historical figures have maintained a rare friendship and solidarity over the years of mourning and grief for their mutual husbands. They have displayed a silent dignity and pride that has drawn admiration including from their political foes or opponents ( See Photo : Michael Gorbatchev former Soviet Leader with Farah Pahlavi and Jehan Sadat at Bochum Challenge for the Future Conference held last month).

Farah Pahlavi and Jehan Sadat In Front of the Shah's Tomb
Al Rifai Mosque, Cairo



This Wednesday, the two Former First Ladies of Iran and Egypt, led the procession to Egypt's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the massive triangular monument where Sadat is buried, and placed flowers at his grave. After paying their tribute they led the procession to the Al Rifai Mosque where the late Shah is buried for a similar ceremony that was followed by a reunion with all those present who made the trip to Cairo.


In Front of President Sadat's Tomb Memorial, Cairo ©

Authors Notes:


Official Website of Farah Pahlavi


Official Website of Jehan Sadat


Recommended Reading:

See Full Report in LA Times of this Event

Remembering Princess Leila Pahlavi by Darius KADIVAR

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About the Author:
Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant


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