The leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Yasser Arafat has made a two day visit to Moscow for talks with Soviet officials on he Middle East and palestinian issues.
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Background: The leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), Yasser Arafat has made a two day visit to Moscow for talks with Soviet officials on he Middle East and palestinian issues. Mr Arafat and his seven-man PLO delegation arrived in the Soviet capital in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday (13 November). The talks that followed focused on the cause o winning national rights for the Palestinian people and Soviet support for their struggle against what was termed the Anti-Arab policy of separate deals.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Arafat arrived aboard a Soviet airliner.
This was the sixth visit to Moscow in four years, for the PLO chief. The Soviet New Agency Tass reported that the delegation met with Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and Communist Party Secretary, Boris Ponomaryov. According to the Palestinian news agency (WAFA) the meeting condemned the path of separate deals and opposed attempts to involve the United Nations in any such deals.
The visit comes only a week before the Arab League summit meeting in Tunisia and follows talks last November, with Premier Alexei Kosygin.
A communique issued after the latest talks condemned the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty particularly the moves on self-rule for Palestinians in occupied territories. It called for an overall Mideast settlement based on collective efforts of all interested parties, including the interested P.L.O.