WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 16)
Soviet Russia has pledged “new assistance” to Egypt “in various fields to strengthen the Arab struggle to remove the effects of imperialist-Zionist aggression” from the Middle East, it was reported here from Cairo.
The pledge was contained in a joint communique issued on the departure of a Soviet delegation after six days of talks on political and technical subjects with Egyptian leaders. The delegation was headed by Kirill Mazurov, First Deputy Chairman of the Soviet Council of Ministers and a member of the Central Committee Politburo.
The communique stated that the talks with Nasser “particularly concerned the problems of the liquidation of the effects of the Israeli aggression, especially the withdrawal of Israeli forces from all occupied Arab territory, back to the June 5, 1967 lines.”
Mazurov, in another statement issued on his departure from Cairo, proclaimed “the insistence of the Soviet people and leaders on the necessity for the withdrawal of the Israeli forces from Arab territory as the primary and basic condition for the establishment of peace in the Middle East.” He said that the situation in the region required “joint Arab action and concerted political action by all progressive forces throughout the world for the achievement of legitimate Arab aims.”