In Moscow talks have been held between Soviet leaders and a leading member of the Libyan Jamahiriyah government.
In Moscow talks have been held between Soviet leaders and a leading member of the Libyan Jamahiriyah government. The discussions centred chiefly on Arab opposition to the Middle East peace initiative made by Egypt. The two sides are reported to have agreed that the Egyptian-Israeli talks were damaging Arab interests and were obstruction the establishment of a just peace in the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: The Libyan representative Major Abdel Salam Jalloud was met at the Kremlin on Wednesday (15 February) by the Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin. Major Jalloud, a former Prime Minister, is a prominent member of the Libyan leadership and a member of the ruling secretariat there. Before meeting Mr. Kosygin Major Jalloud talked with the Soviet President, Leonid Brezhnev. They discussed Arab moves on countering Egypt's peace initiative towards Israel.
Major Jalloud is the latest in a series of visitors from Arab states which are opposed to the Egyptian peace move. The Kremlin has denounced the peace initiative as a betrayal of Arab interests.
The Soviet news agency Tass said Major Jalloud briefed the Soviet leader on the outcome of a recent conference of Arab leaders who oppose the peace plans. At that conference the Soviet Union was called on to reassert its influence in the Middle East.