Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre and Claude Lanzmann on a Nile cruise. In 1967, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir visited Egypt at the invitation of Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, then chairman and editor-in-chief of Al-Ahram, during which they visited Aswan, Luxor and Palestinian refugee camps in Gaza. They were received by Nasser, met members of the country’s intellectual community, and were entertained by writer Tawfiq al-Hakim at the Pyramids.
Beauvoir included an account of the visit in her 1972 memoir Tout compte fait:
“We had been invited to go to Egypt by Heykal, Nasser’s friend and spokesman and the editor of Al Ahram… Dusk was falling as we landed [in Cairo]. We were welcomed by Heykal, a short, broad-shouldered, jolly man, very brown and energetic, and by the elderly Tawfik al-Hakim (his name means the philosopher’s success), whose amusing Journal d’un substitute [ Diary of a Country Prosecutor ] had been published in Les Temps modernes fifteen years before […] (Source)