Mr. Saddam Hussein, Vice-President of Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council, arrived in Moscow on Monday (14?
Mr. Saddam Hussein, Vice-President of Iraq's Revolutionary Command Council, arrived in Moscow on Monday (14 April) for important political talks on the Middle East and Gulf regions.
The Soviet Union is Iraq's biggest supplier of economic aid but political observers believed the talks centred more on Iraq's political relations with the neighbours.
One influential Beirut newspaper went so far as to say the only reason for the Moscow visit was Iraq's current dispute with Syria over the Euphrates waters. Iraq accuses Syria of withholding waters from the Soviet-built Euphrates dam and endangering the lives of 3,000,000 Iraqis.
During the 24-hour visit the two countries signed two agreements.
One is for the peaceful use of atomic energy, the other a consular agreement.
Although no details of the atomic document were revealed a similarly titled agreement with Yugoslavia last week provided for the construction of power stations.