A prominent member of the Libyan leadership. Major Abdel-Salam Jalloud, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday?
GV: Former Libyan Prime Minister, Major Abdel-Salam Jalloud down steps of aircraft in Moscow and greeted.
SV: USSR Premier Alexei Kosygin shakes hands with Jalloud.
SV & GV: Jalloud and Kosygin walk across tarmac. (3 SHOTS)
The Arab states who are opposed to the Egyptian-Israeli peace talks are Algeria, Syria, South Yemen and the Libyan Jamahiriyah. They recently held a three-day summit in Algiers together with the Palestinian Liberation Organisation to co-ordinate their opposition. One of the decisions of the conference was to call on the Soviet Union to reassert its influence in the Middle East.
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Background: A prominent member of the Libyan leadership. Major Abdel-Salam Jalloud, arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (14 February) for talks with Soviet leaders about Arab opposition to Egypt's Middle East peace initiative. Major Jalloud who was formerly Libya's Prime Minister, is a member of the ruling General Secretariat of the Libyan People's Congress.
SYNOPSIS: Major Jalloud's visit to the Soviet capital was the latest in a series made by Arab leaders who are opposed to the peace moves initiated by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The Kremlin has already held discussions with visitors from Iraq, Syria, South Yemen and Algeria.
Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygir was among a number of top-ranking Soviet officials who welcomed Major Jalloud before the Libyan politician left for talks with Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev. The Soviet news agency, Tass, said they discussed the Somali-Ethiopian conflict as well as the Egyptian-Israeli talks.
On the peace talks issue, Tass said Major Jalloud and Mr. Brezhnev agreed that discussions between Egypt and Israel were obstructing the establishment of a just peace in the Middle East, and were damaging Arab interests. On the war in the Horn of Africa between Ethiopia and Somalis, Tass reported that the two men thought both sides should settle their differences peacefully, on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.