The Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, had a meeting with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt on Saturday (2nd March) - the first direct contact between the Kremlin and Cairo since the October war.
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Background: The Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, had a meeting with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt on Saturday (2nd March) - the first direct contact between the Kremlin and Cairo since the October war. His Middle East visit is seen as a Soviet diplomatic offensive launched to match Washington's Middle East peace campaign, spear-headed by Secretary of State Dr. Kissinger.
Following in Dr. Kissinger's steps, Mr. Gromyko met President Sadat at his Presidential resthouse overlooking the great Pyramid of Giza. After four hours of talks, he told reporters their discussions had been very useful. President Sadat added "We agreed on every point".
The President said the discussions had covered the Geneva Middle East conference, which Mr. Gromyko hoped would soon reconvene. Mr. Sadat said Mr. Gromyko had also informed him that the Soviet Union could take part in clearing the Suez Canal.
On Sunday (3rd March) Mr. Gromyko was due to fly to Luxor, in upper Egypt, for a sightseeing tour, he is then expected to return to Damascus for more talks with Syrian leaders.