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    President Nixon and the Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, met in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington D.

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    President Nixon and the Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, met in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington D. C. on Friday (28 September) to discuss the problems now facing the plan for a new trade agreement between the United States and the Soviet Union. They reviewed the progress made since the visit to America of the Communist Party leader, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, three months ago.

    But since then a Congressional Committee has voted against the President's proposal to grant "most-favoured-nation" trade concessions to Russia, because of allegations that Russia is restricting the emigration of Jews to Israel, and persecuting intellectuals.

    The American Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and the Soviet Ambassador to Washington, Mr. Anatoly Dobrynin, were also present during the talks. Mr. Gromyko is in the United States to attend the United National General Assembly in New York.

    President Nixon reaffirmed his intention to grant "most-favoured-nation" status for trade with the Soviet Union, despite legislation proposed this week by the House Ways and Means Committee which would refuse such concessions to countries that restrict the emigration of its citizens. Mr. Nixon has appealed to Congress to reverse its decision.

    While in New York, Mr. Gromyko said that his Government would not submit to what he described as "blackmail" or any other pressure to force a change in the internal policies of the Soviet Union.

    During the talks int he White House, American Jews demonstrated in front of the Soviet Embassy several blocks away. They demanded that the United States Government should not turn its back on dissenters in Russia while trying to improve relations with the Soviets.

    SYNOPSIS: The troubles of President Nixon's White House continued this week, when a Congressional Committee opposed his proposed trade agreement with Russia.

    Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger, and President Nixon met on Friday to discuss the latest situation. Mr. Nixon wants to grant "most-favoured-nation" status on trade with the Soviet Union, but Congress is against this because of allegations that Russia is restricting Jewish emigration to Israel, and is persecuting intellectuals. The President has asked Congress to reconsider its decision that such countries should not get concessions.

    While the three men talked, American Jews were demonstrating outside the Russian Embassy several blocks from the White House. They prayed for fellow jews in the Soviet Union and demanded that the American Government should remember the plight of dissident intellectuals in Russia as it continues negotiations on improved relations. Meanwhile, both questions were being discussed in the West House.

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