Issue 133 - 29 Oct 1984
Moves by the Soviet Union to improve its relations with the 'moderate' Arab states and, in the Moscow view, ideally with Saudi Arabia, have been unobtrusive but not without progress. Patient Russian diplomacy has brought the kingdom to endorse the Soviet Union's advocacy of an international conference on the overall Middle East problem, and Saudi Arabia now acknowledges that the Russians have a valid role to play in the region.

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