Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Sytenko discussed the Middle East and moves to reconvene geneva talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi in Cairo on Saturday (5 November).
GV EXTERIOR Foreign Ministry building in Cairo, Egypt
SV Soviet Foreign Minister Mikhail Sytenko introducing Soviet delegation to Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi
CU Fahmi PAN TO Sytenko (2 shots)
GV Meeting in progress (2 shots)
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Background: Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Sytenko discussed the Middle East and moves to reconvene geneva talks with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi in Cairo on Saturday (5 November). Mr. Sytenko said later the Soviet Union was making every effort to have the Geneva conference reconvened.
SYNOPSIS: The venue for their meeting was the Egyptian Foreign Ministry in Cairo. Foreign Minister Sytenko, here introducing members of his delegation to Mr. Fahmi, was the first high-ranking Soviet visitor to Cairo in the past 12 months. He had previously visited Syria and Jordan.
Diplomatic reactions between Egypt and the Soviet Union have been strained since Egyptian President Anwar Sadat expelled some 20,000 Soviet military experts in 1972. Egyptian officials, however, have repeatedly stressed that the two nations have no differences over the Middle East crisis, in which Moscow has long supported the Arab position.
Mr. Sytenko's present round of talks are part of intensive efforts in may countries to have the Geneva conference reconvened before the end of this year. The Soviet Union and the United States were co-chairmen of the original conference, which met briefly in December, 1973. The evening after these talks, President Sadat said Egypt would not take part in new talks without receiving a complete advance agenda.