The United States and the Soviet Union said on Monday (29th April), that they would work together to settle the Middle East conflict, and that they favoured an early resumption of the Geneva Peace Conference.
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Background: The United States and the Soviet Union said on Monday (29th April), that they would work together to settle the Middle East conflict, and that they favoured an early resumption of the Geneva Peace Conference.
A communique, issued in Geneva, Switzerland, after seven hours of talks between U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, said they "exchanged views on then current status of the negotiations of a Middle East settlement and on the next phase of these negotiations."
The two men also agreed that a great deal had been accomplished in preparation for President Nixon's planned visit to Moscow, scheduled for the end of June.
The communique said the two sides were convinced that a number of agreements "designed to broaden co-operation between the two countries to further reduce the danger of war", and to strengthen international peace, would be prepared for the June visit.
The statement was issued as Dr. Kissinger was scheduled to arrive in Algiers on the first stage of his fifth peace shuttle to the Middle East, after two sessions of talks in Geneva with Mr. Gromyko.
Dr. Kissinger is trying to work out an agreement between Syria and Israel to disengage military forces on the Gulan Heights.
The communique also said Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Gromyko reviewed SALT (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks) negotiations between their countries on limiting strategic nuclear arms, and "agreed to pursue their efforts towards agreement".