INTRODUCTION: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko has assured Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat of continued Moscow backing for the Palestinian cause.
CU Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat standing with others in doorway of conference room in Kremlin, Moscow.
SV PAN FROM Soviet officials seated at table to Arafat and Palestinian delegates seated opposite.
CU & SV Arafat and Gromyko seated with delegations on opposite sides of table. (4 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko has assured Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat of continued Moscow backing for the Palestinian cause. The two leaders met in Moscow on Wednesday (6 April), two days after Mr. Arafat arrived there for talks with top Soviet officials.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Arafat is heading a powerful delegation representing nearly all the main Palestinian commando groups. Mr. Gromyko was the first Soviet leader he met. He told them the Soviet union was "on the side of the just cause of freedom and national independence of the Arab people of Palestine." The Soviet news agency Tass described the atmosphere at the talks as on of friendship and mutual understanding. Tass said the leaders had a detailed exchange of views on the Middle East situation and ways of achieving a lasting peace.