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Memorandum of Conversation, Washington, March 6-7, 1972

US Government State Department


Washington, March 6-7, 1972

Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs David Newsom told the British during talks on Soviet influence and activities in Africa that there had been a significant lack of Soviet success. The Soviets' best position was in Somalia, but they had failed to advance in Nigeria and Ghana while losing ground in Uganda. Newsom saw a possible new cold war in Africa between the Soviets and the Chinese.

Source: National Archives, RG 59, Central Files 1970-73, POL AFR-USSR. Confidential. Drafted by Hal W. Pattison (AF/PPS) on March 10.

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