New Soviet Government Assures Arab Countries of Continued Friendship

Assurances that the change in Soviet leadership marked by the ouster of Premier Khrushchev will not affect “Arab-Soviet friendship” have been given by Soviet envoys in four Arab capitals this week, it was reported here today from Cairo.

The strongest assurance to that effect was given to President Nasser of Egypt, according to Al Ahram, the Cairo daily which is close to the Nasser regime. Al Ahram reported that President Nasser was sent a Soviet note declaring that the Soviet Union would maintain strong ties with Egypt and would continue to recognize President Nasser’s “vanguard role” in Asia and Africa.

Similar messages were delivered in person by Soviet ambassadors in Baghdad, Damasous and Beirut, the capitals of Iraq,. Syria and Lebanon. A Syrian military delegation is now in Moscow negotiating for Soviet arms. Under Khrushchev, the Soviet Union was a major supplier of modern weapons to the Arab countries.

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