In Syria, the Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko has reaffirmed the Soviet Union's opposition to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.
MV INTERIOR Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko with Syrian President Lt. General Hafiz Al-Assad
CU Assad PAN TO Romanian envoy
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Background: In Syria, the Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko has reaffirmed the Soviet Union's opposition to the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. During his surprise three-day visit he met with Syrian President Lieutenant-General Hafiz Al-Assad, and during their talks they are reported to have discussed increased Soviet support for the Arab states who have rejected the treaty. The Soviet Union recently called the treaty an American-Israeli conspiracy.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Gromyko arrived in Damascus on Saturday (24 March). He outlined the Soviet commitment to the Arab States who opposed the peace treaty. Informed sources said Mr. Gromyko was asked to translate Moscow's political support into arms supplies, to balance the United States military aid to Israel. Reuters reports that Syria has been angered in the past by apparent Soviet reluctance to increase arms supplies to maintain what Damascus calls "a strategic balance" with Israel.
On Sunday (25 March) President Al-Assad, received a letter from Romanian President, Nicolae Ceausescu, outlining his views on the peace treaty. President, Ceausescu has supported the treat??? but has also called for an all-party conference to settle the Palestinian question.