Issue 366 - 10 Jul 1989

The establishment of relations between Saudi Arabia and the Soviet Union has become one of the Middle East's most long-awaited, and as yet unaccomplished, diplomatic events. When it happens – as inevitably it will – the formalisation of ties between Moscow and Riyadh will be an important coup for the Soviets who have been diligently engaged in building up their political presence in the Gulf region for several years.

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