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Ceausescu's Diplomacy in the Middle East

(Image: Yasser Arafat and Nicolae Ceausescu meet in Bucharest in February, 1974)

  • June 04, 1973

    Minutes of Conversation between the Shah and Nicolae Ceaușescu, Bucharest

    Describes conversation between Nicolae Ceausescu and the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi about the influence of events in the Middle East on the rest of Europe because of oil. The Shah suggests detente as a world policy.

  • December 05, 1973

    Memorandum on the Reactions of the Americans to the Suggestions relayed on behalf of Yasser Arafat (Conveyed by the Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at the Reception given in the Evening of December 5, 1973)

    A memorandum reporting on the American feelings toward Palestine and the territorial lines for Israel and Jordan.

  • December 17, 1973

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Geneva to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 031616, December 17, 1973, Secret

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Geneva clarifying that Henry Kissinger did not have a meeting with a PLO representative in Lebanon, but there was a meeting in Damascus.

  • January 10, 1974

    Telegram from Damascus to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 031522, January 10, 1974

    The Foreign Ministry saying a newspaper is reporting that Romania is stopping Jewish emigration to Israel.

  • February 14, 1974

    Minutes of Conversation between Nicolae Ceaușescu, the General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party, and the Delegation of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, led by Yasser Arafat

    Yasir Arafat and Nicolae Ceaușescu discuss policy for Palestine and the diplomatic relationship between the two entities.

  • July 03, 1974

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 078251, July 3, 1974, Secret

    The State Department tells the Romanians about their thoughts on the situation with Palestine.

  • July 09, 1974

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Tel Aviv, to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 070.814, July 9, 1974, Secret

    Romanian telegram about the relationship and ideas of the USSR and the United States toward the Palestinian question and relations with Israel.

  • September 17, 1974

    Telegram from Beirut to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 015.971, September 17,1974

    Discussing the Romanian - Palestinian relationship and the support Romania gives to Palestine while remaining friendly to Israel.

  • October 14, 1974

    Ion Pățan and Ștefan Andrei, 'Memorandum: Issues Raised by the Palestinian Delegation'

    A memorandum discussing Palestine requesting financial aid and supplies from Romania.

  • November 09, 1974

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Cairo, to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 028.028, November 9, 1974, Secret

    Romanian Consulate in Cairo reporting that Kissinger and Arafat did not meet in Cairo, despite the news reports.

  • November 11, 1974

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Tunis, to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 074.388, November 11, 1974, Secret

    Romanian embassy in Tunis reporting that Henry Kissinger and Yasir Arafat did not meet due to a disagreement between the PLO and the United States about how official or secret the meeting would be.

  • November 15, 1974

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in London, to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 048.478, November 15, 1974, Secret

    Romanian embassy in London reporting that the United States has not given its opinion on the Palestinian question and is waiting for the UN to have further discussions.

  • November 19, 1974

    Telegram from the Romanian Embassy in Vienna, to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 076945, November 19, 1974

    Telegram saying that Henry Kissinger and Yasir Arafat are preparing to meet.

  • December 03, 1974

    Telegram from London to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 048.604, December 3, 1974

    A telegram discussing the possible allies the Palestine Liberation Organization has in the United States, USSR, U.K., and especially in Romania.

  • December 05, 1977

    Colonel Stefan Blaga, No. 009794/05.12.1977, 'Action Plan: Regarding the Surveillance of Target "OLGA" (PLO)'

    An action plan concerning intelligence gathering on the PLO.

  • March 03, 1980

    Colonel Ștefan Blaga, No. 009794/03.03.1980, 'Report regarding the Intelligence Measures undertaken within the PLO Office in Bucharest'

    Report about the establishment and activities allowed in the PLO office in Bucharest.

  • April 10, 1980

    No. 00561833/10.04.1980, 'Memo regarding Terrorist Threats to Our Country'

    Report about possible terrorist threats made against Romania concerning its relationship with Palestine and the PLO.

  • May 17, 1980

    Ministry of the Interior, Department of State Security, Military Unit 0544, No. 103/27/0015686

    Memo on a Palestinian medical student in Romania, who is a part of the PLO.

  • April 21, 1981

    Ministry of the Interior, Department of State Security, Military Unit 0195, No. 329/0058759

    Report about Palestinian organizations in Iraq including the Palestinian Liberation Front (PLF) and Al Fatah.

  • May 25, 1981

    No. 0620/D/003105/25.05.1981, 'Memo [about a Meeting between Yasser Arafat and Palestinian Students]'

    Memo about Yasser Arafat's meeting with Palestinian students.