LONDON (Jun. 11)
Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko conferred for nearly three hours today with Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in Cairo on a reported new Big Four peace plan for the Mideast. The Soviet diplomat arrived in Cairo yesterday and conferred with Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad amid reports that Arab leaders were becoming disillusioned about the Kremlin’s Mideast policies. Mr. Gromyko said on his arrival that the visit, his second in six months, was for “consultations” on a number of problems of “joint interest” to the United Arab Republic and the Soviet Union.
Western observers believe that Mr. Gromyko was seeking Col. Nasser’s accord on a Mideast plan worked out at the Big Four talks in New York or at the concurrent U.S.-Soviet talks in Washington. All detected a note of urgency in Mr. Gromyko’s trip to Cairo which was. not announced in advance. They pointed out that it coincided with the conference of world Communist Party leaders now going on in Moscow and new outbreaks of fighting along the Sino-Soviet frontier, events ordinarily calculated to keep the Soviet Foreign Minister close to home.