To step up Soviet trade in the Middle East, First Deputy Prime Minister Anastas Mikoyan - noted for his US tour as "Russia's number one travelling salesman" - arrived by air at Baghdad airport, Iraq, April 8 for a week's official visit.
GV Officials on steps at airport.
GV Plane taxies.
SV Mikoyan down steps and greeted.
SV Walks with Kassem and company.
SV Walks with Kassem, holding bouquet.
GV Excited group with banner.
CV Applauding crowd.
SV PAN.. Mikoyan's car moves along.
CV Mikoyan walks with Kassem inside at Al-Zehoor Palace
GV PAN DOWN.. Palace to group on steps.
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Background: To step up Soviet trade in the Middle East, First Deputy Prime Minister Anastas Mikoyan - noted for his US tour as "Russia's number one travelling salesman" - arrived by air at Baghdad airport, Iraq, April 8 for a week's official visit. Greeting him was Prime Minister Major-General Karim Kassem, Foreign Minister Hashim Jawad, and members of the Soviet Community in Iraq - among them wives and children of Soviet technicians and advisers on development projects in the 20-month old Iraqi Republic.
Mr. Mikoyan - the highest Soviet Minister yet to visit the Middle East - waved as he alighted from his aircraft to be greeted in falling rain by the Prime Minister's warm handshake. After a brief rest in the airport reception hall with Soviet Ambassador Gregori Ziatsev and interpreters, Mr. Mikoyan drove by car to Al-Zehoor Palace, the Palace of Flowers, a former Royal residence close to the Royal Palace in which King Feisal 11 met his death in the July 1958 Republican coup d'etat. Recent guests at the Palace of Flowers: President Soekarno of Indonesia and King Mohammed V of Morocco.
During Mr. Mikoyan's drive through the city, groups belonging to the now officially licensed Communist Party of Iraq were among the crowds to wave a welcome with placards in Arabic and Russian: Peace and Friendship and Welcome Mikoyan, the People of Peace Salute You.
After long talks with Prime Minister Kassem and his Ministers, Mr. Mikoyan opened a Soviet industrial exhibition April 10. During his stay he will visit the Russian-developed oil centre of Basra.