The South Yemeni Foreign Minister, Mohammed Salih Mufti, has been in the Soviet Union on a official visit.
The South Yemeni Foreign Minister, Mohammed Salih Mufti, has been in the Soviet Union on a official visit. On Wednesday (11 May) he met his Soviet Counterpart, Andrei Gromyko, for talks on the Middle East and Africa.
SYNOPSIS: The two ministers talked about the importance of putting fresh life into the Geneva Middle East peace conference, according to the official Soviet News Agency Tass. They also exchanged views on the situation in the horn off Africa, said Tass. The area is currently the focus of some criticism about Soviet activity there. The more conservative Middle East nations are criticising Moscow for its presence in Somalia and its influence in Ethiopia, which is torn by a guerrilla war in its Eritrea province and difficulties with neighbouring Somalia and Sudan.
Tass said the two ministers and their aides also talked about ways of further developing relations between Moscow and Aden, the South Yemeni capital. South Yemen, which has been independent for the past ten years, receives substantial military and economic aid from the Soviet Union. Tass gave no further details, but diplomatic sources said Mr Gromyko might have tried to persuade Mr Mufti of the need for a more flexibale approach to the Geneva conference. The Soviet Union is a co-chairman with the United States -- but South Yemen is an opponent of Arab-Israel dialogue.