Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday (8 June) for his first visit since Egyptian President Anwar Sadat scrapped a friendship treaty with the Soviet Union 15 months ago.
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GV Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and party walking across tarmac
GV Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi down aircraft steps and greeted by Gromyko and other officials (3 shots)
GV Gromyko, Fahmi and parties walk across tarmac
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Background: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi arrived in Moscow on Wednesday (8 June) for his first visit since Egyptian President Anwar Sadat scrapped a friendship treaty with the Soviet Union 15 months ago.
Mr. Gromyko and Mr. Fahmi last met in October last year. Mr. Fahmi told newsmen at the airport that he was carrying a message from President Sadat to Soviet Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev, whom he hoped to meet during his stay. Diplomatic sources said the meeting would probably take place on Friday (10 June).
SYNOPSIS: As Mr. Fahmi's plane arrived Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko was waiting to greet him. The visit is aimed at taking some of the bitterness out of relations between the Soviet Union and Egypt. Mr. Fahmi and Mr. Gromyko are having two days of talks at the Kremlin.
After his arrival Mr. Fahmi said Egypt was "keen to push the wheel of co-operation forwards in all fields". He added that he was looking forward to a "new chapter of continuing co-operation between our two peoples". During their talks Mr. Fahmi and Mr. Gromyko are expected to discuss the issues which led to the break between Moscow and Cairo. Egypt maintains that Moscow failed to keep up its arms supply and to reschedule military and economic debts.
Soviet accusations against Cairo have been toned down in recent months, after reaching a high point in February. AT that time President Sadat was accused of lying and slander, but western analysts now believe that Moscow is keen to heal the rift in order to pave the way for the resumption of the Geneva Middle East Peace Conference. Kremlin Middle East policy places great emphasis on the Geneva conference -- which is co-chaired by the Soviet Union and the United States, but adjourned soon after opening in 1973.