Issue 330 - 08 Feb 1988
Riyadh's laconic announcement last month that Prince Saud al Faisal, the Foreign Minister, was to visit Moscow for talks with the Soviet leadership was issued with a studied - and remarkable - lack of fanfare. No particular remark was made of the fact that Prince Saud's visit would provide the opportunity for the highest-level discussions to have taken place between Saudi Arabia and the Soviet Union for several years. Prince Saud was in Moscow in 1982, but he went there in the capacity of head of a seven-man Arab League delegation and Saudi-Soviet relations were not at issue.

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