Egypt and the Soviet Union have called for an early resumption of the Geneva Conference on the Middle East.
MV INT. Fahmi being greeted by Mr. Gromyko.
MV Fahmi and Gromyko talking. (2 shots)
GV Fahmi and Gromyko leaving reception hall.
MV PAN Gromyko and Fahmi seated with their delegations opposite each other across table and talking.
GV Conference in session.
GV Delegates chatting across table.
During the talks the two ministers explained their respective government's views on the present state of Soviet-Egyptian relations, and agreed to continue their exchanges on problems of interest to both countries. During the last three hour session on Thursday, Mr. Gromyko is believed to have contacted Mr. Brezhnev by telephone. On Friday (5 November) Mr. Fahmi left Bulgaria for a three-day visit to Yugoslavia.
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Background: Egypt and the Soviet Union have called for an early resumption of the Geneva Conference on the Middle East. The call was made in a joint communique issued in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, on Thursday (4 November) following talks between Egypt's Foreign Minister, Mr. Ismail Fahmi, and Mr. Andrei Gromyko, the Soviet Union's Foreign Minister.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Gromyko had arrived in Bulgaria on Wednesday (3 November) - a day later than Mr. Fahmi - and the two men had their first session of talks shortly afterwards. There had been considerable secrecy in the arrangements leading up to the talks, but officials indicated that if they were successful they might lead to a meeting between Egypt's President Sadat, and the Soviet leader, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev. The talks were expected to last two days.
The meeting of the two foreign ministers was an attempt to patch up the differences between the two countries in the wake of Egypt's denunciation last March of the Soviet-Egyptian Friendship Treaty, signed in 1971. When the talks ended on Thursday, Mr. Fahmi was reported as saying that all problems had been dealt with in complete frankness. The two ministers are reported to have embraced warmly after the final session.