Egypt's Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmi, and his Soviet Union counterpart, Andrei Gromyko, began talks in Moscow on Thursday (9 June), aimed at resolving the tension between their two countries.
LV AND SV INTERIOR LV AND SV INTERIOR: Egypt's Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmi seated with his delegation (2 shots)
SV: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko enters room and sits with Soviet delegates. (3 shots)
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Background: Egypt's Foreign Minister, Ismail Fahmi, and his Soviet Union counterpart, Andrei Gromyko, began talks in Moscow on Thursday (9 June), aimed at resolving the tension between their two countries. President Anwar Sadat ended a friendship treaty with Moscow 15 months ago and relations have been severely strained since then.
SYNOPSIS: At the start of the talks Mr Fahmi said he was confident they would lead to a new chapter of co-operation. He and Mr Gromyko were expected to discuss Egypt's claims that Moscow failed to keep up its arms supply and refused to reschedule military and economic debts estimated at several billion dollars. Soviet attacks on Cairo have been toned down in recent months after reaching a high-point in February. President Sadat was then accused of lying and slander. Western analysts believe Moscow is keen to heal the rift with Cairo to pave the way for the resumption of the Geneva Middle East peace conference. After the talks Mr Gromyko hinted that the Kremlin may settle the two issues.