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Ismail in Moscow to Discuss State of Soviet-egyptian Relations

Hafez Ismail, the man Egyptian President Anwar Sadat calls “My Kissinger,” arrived in Moscow for a three-day visit today to talk about the state of Soviet-Egyptian rela- tions and to get a briefing on the Soviet-American summit.

“Bilateral relations will be the subject of our discussions and consultations,” said Ismail Sadat’s national security advisor. He said the Soviets had invited him to give him a first hand account of “the outcome of the Soviet-American summit in Washington.”

In Cairo, Ismail told newsmen before leaving that he was carrying a private message from Sadat to the Soviet leadership. The State-run Soviet press has assured the Egyptians in the past few days that no deals were made behind Egypt’s back during Communist Party Secretary Leonid I. Brezhnev’s Washington trip.

The official Soviet news agency, Tass, said today: “The peaceful co-existence policy under-lining the improvement of mutual relations between the USSR and the U.S. does not mean at all an end to the anti-imperialist struggle. The struggle waged by the Arab people against imperialism and Zionism will also continue.” The Tass report added, “The aim of this (Soviet policy is to avoid an international cataclysm.”

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