The United States and the Soviet Union have agreed on new joint efforts towards achieving a lasting peace in the Middle East.
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Background: The United States and the Soviet Union have agreed on new joint efforts towards achieving a lasting peace in the Middle East.
The news came as the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and the Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr. Andrei Gromyko, met in Vienna on Tuesday (20 May) for the second and final round of their current talks there.
Sources on both sides said the two leaders had agreed to work out a joint approach towards a resumed Geneva peace conference on the Middle East. The Soviet reportedly wants the conference resumed quickly, but has agreed to a date in August or September.
The two men, meeting in the Soviet Embassy, were continuing a discussion begun Monday night (19 May), when Dr. Kissinger cautioned Mr. Gromyko not to exploit detente by acting to undermine U.S. positions around the world in peripheral areas that could lead to direct confrontation.
On what was to have been the main topic of the week's discussions -- the joint limitation of nuclear armament -- less progress was reported, though both men appeared to be in a jovial mood at a press conference on Tuesday.
At the conclusion of Tuesday's talks, Dr. Kissinger left for Bonn and West Berlin while Mr. Gromyko remained for another day in Vienna.