292. Message From President Nixon to Soviet General Secretary Brezhnev1

Dear Mr. General Secretary:

I am happy to inform you that we were able during the night to arrange for direct talks between Israel and Egypt regarding the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 338 and 339. These talks are right now being arranged by Major General E. Siilasvuo. At our urging, Israel has also agreed to permit a convoy of non-military supply to reach the Egyptian 3rd Army today.

We expect to continue to work closely and cooperatively with you in resolving the Middle East crisis.

I hope that we are now well on the road to the achievement of a true cease fire; a cease fire which will make it possible for the warring parties with our help, to arrive at a just settlement and a lasting peace in the Middle East.

I will inform you immediately as further developments occur.


Richard M. Nixon2
  1. Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Kissinger Office Files, Box 70, Country Files, Europe, USSR, Exchange of Notes Between Dobrynin & Kissinger, Vol. 8. No classification marking. A handwritten note on the message indicates that it was sent at 8:55 a.m. The message is attached to an October 27 memorandum from Scowcroft to Dobrynin sending him copies of U.S. messages sent to Moscow during the last few hours. A handwritten note indicates that this was hand-delivered to Dobrynin at 10:30 a.m.
  2. The original bears this typed signature.