Syria is to get further arms supplies under a section of an agreement signed in Moscow by soviet leaders and Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad.
Syria is to get further arms supplies under a section of an agreement signed in Moscow by soviet leaders and Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad. The Soviet Party paper, Pravda, said on Sunday (14 April) that the Soviet-Syrian agreement would help to develop Syria's economic independence and strengthen its defence capacity.
President Assad arrived in Moscow on Wednesday (11 April) on a four-day official visit. he was accompanied by a strong delegation of government officials and representatives of the ruling Arab Baath Socialist Party. The delegation included the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Abdel-Halim Khaddam and Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Mohammed Haldar.
The Syrians were given a red carpet welcome at Moscow airport. The three Soviet leaders Premier Alexei Kosygin, President Nikolai Podgorny and the Party leader. Leonid Brezhnev were all at the airport to greet President Assad. The following Thursday (12 April) the three Soviet leaders headed the Soviet side in the first discussions at the Kremlin.
At the end of the days of talks, an official joint statement was issued, blaming the continuing tensions in the Middle East on "Israel's ruling circles and the external forces backing them".
Syria is still involved in bitter fighting along the Golan Heights front with Israel. The Kremlin talks took place as preparations were being made in Washington for the visit of the Syrian delegation which met the U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger at the weekend. The Washington talks were aimed at finding a way to bring about a troop disengagement with Israel, but the mood at the Kremlin was expected to hinder any major developments.
SYNOPSIS: The following day, President Assad and his delegation began talks at the Kremlin. The Soviet side was headed by party leade Leonid Brezhnev, President Podgorny and Premier Alexiei Kosygin. Under an agreement signed by the two sides, the Soviet party paper Pravda announced Syria would get further arms supplies.
While Moscow was welcoming President Assad, bitter fighting was continuing along the Golan Heights front between Syria and Israel. Meanwhile, in Washington, preparations were being made for the Syrian delegation's arrival at the weekend.
The Syrian talks with the U.S. Secretary of State, Dr. henry Kissinger, were not expected bring any major developments because of the mood at the Kremlin, which was interpreted as having strengthened the Syrian President's resolve to maintain a tough stand.
The Washington talks were aimed at finding a way to bring about a troop disengagement with Israel. But the Moscow talks were marked by implicit warnings from the Soviet leaders against trusting the United States to negotiate a peace.