MIDDLE EAST: A Diplomatic Illness Raises Hopes

"When Anwar Sadat talks to an American leader, he talks of peace. When he talks to Brezhnev, he talks war." So said an Egyptian official, as he looked ahead to the long-scheduled mid-January visit to Cairo of Soviet Communist Party Boss Leonid Brezhnev. Last week it appeared that the Egyptian President still preferred to talk peace rather than talk war on Russian terms. After a flurry of Egyptian and Soviet diplomatic activity, Brezhnev postponed indefinitely his state visits to Egypt, Syria and Iraq. In light of the Soviet Union's unmistakable desire to...

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