MIDDLE EAST: Room for Quiet Diplomacy

When Henry Kissinger set out from Washington three weeks ago on an extended 17-day trip to 15 nations, his itinerary was a mixture of must calls and maybes. The Secretary of State's official visits definitely included Moscow, for discussions on d├ętente; New Delhi, for conciliatory talks with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi; and Rome, for the World Food Conference (see page 42). The Middle East was among the maybes.

In the wake of the Arab summit at Rabat, events had moved far enough and fast enough that Kissinger was forced to revise the flight schedule....

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