Kosygin Says Soviet Stand on Israeli Occupation of Arab Lands is ‘uncompromising’

Premier Aleksei Kosygin of the Soviet Union said yesterday in Moscow at a dinner honoring President Ayub Khan of Pakistan that the Russian attitude toward Israeli occupation of Arab territories was “uncompromising.”

The Soviet leader equated the U.S. war in Vietnam with the Israeli-Arab conflict. He said that “if in the Near East, Israel committed aggression against the Arab states and is trying to hold on to occupied territories, these actions of Israel reflect attempts by definite imperialist circles to prevent the peoples of the Arab countries from strengthening their national independence. You know well that the Soviet Union’s position in respect to such intrigues by the imperialist circles is uncompromising.”

Mr. Kosygin said the “Soviet Union sides with the Arab states and supports their striving to achieve a liquidation of the aftermaths of Israel’s aggression. We are convinced that the just cause of the Arab peoples will triumph.”

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