Egypt and the Soviet Union have called for an early resumption of the Geneva Conference on the Middle East.
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.