At the Soviet-Iraqi trade talks in Moscow - the first meeting between Arab and Soviet heads of state since the Munich assassinations and their aftermath - President Podgorny has condemned Israel for staging 'military provocations' against her Arab neighbours.
MV Iraqi delegation led by Ahmed al-Bakr, greeted by Brezhnev & Gromyko (2 shots)
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Pres. al-Bakr and Iraqi delegation greeted by Brezhnev & Gromyko; Iraqis, Brezhnev, Podgorny, Gromyko and Kosygin seated at table.
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Background: At the Soviet-Iraqi trade talks in Moscow - the first meeting between Arab and Soviet heads of state since the Munich assassinations and their aftermath - President Podgorny has condemned Israel for staging 'military provocations' against her Arab neighbours.
At a dinner in honour of President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr of Iraq on Thursday (14 September), President Podgorny dismissed claims that recent Israeli military actions were justified retaliation for the Munich killings.
Soviet-Iraqi relations have been becoming increasingly cordial ever since Alexei Kosygin, Soviet Prime Minister, visited oil-rich Iraq in April and signed a friendship pact between the two countries.
The Soviet Union applauded the Iraqi nationalisation, in June, of the Western owned Iraqi Petroleum Company and even since President Sadat of Egypt asked 20,000 Soviet military advisors to leave in July, Iraq has been seen in Moscow as the Soviet Union's principal Arab ally.
For their part, it is known that the Iraqis, pending accommodation with 'hard currency' nations of the West after the nationalisation, will be looking for a market for their oil, and it is expected that this problem will occupy a high place on the agenda of the trade talks which are expected to last for a week.
SYNOPSIS: Leading an Iraqi trade mission, President Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr arrived in Moscow on Thursday to be welcomed by Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, Secretary of the Communist Party, President Podgorny and Foreign Minister Gromyko. This was the first top level meeting between Soviet and Arab leaders since the Munich killings, and President Podgorny took the opportunity to condemn Israel's retaliatory military action. He told guests at a dinner in honour of President al-Bakr that the Soviet Union condemned Israel's military provocations' against her Arab neighbours. Mr. Podgorny dismissed claims that recent Israeli air strikes could be regarded as 'retaliation' and said that Arab countries should strengthen their armed forces.
President al-Bakr called for further strengthening Iraqi-Soviet relations which have been becoming closer since April, when Mr. Kosygin signed a friendship treaty during a visit to Iraq.