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Soviet-egyptian Joint Communique Carries No Mention of Israel

Israeli observers here said today there was nothing new on Middle East problems in the joint Soviet-Egyptian communique issued in Cairo yesterday at the close of an eight-day visit by Soviet Premier Alexsei Kosygin. The observers stressed that the communique contained no direct reference to Israel. They indicated a belief that the Soviet Premier had used a moderating influence on Egyptian President Nasser and resisted Egyptian efforts for an open denunciation of Israel.

Premier Kosygin expressed support for the “legitimate and indivisible rights” of the Arab refugees and for the “struggle by the Arab states against aggressive intrigues of imperialist forces seeking to exploit the Palestine problem to increase tension in the Middle East.” The Soviet Premier used much the same language, with a similar lack of direct reference to the Israel-Arab conflict in an address to the Egyptian National Assembly on Tuesday.

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