VIENNA — Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko held six hours of talks today--two hours longer than expected, and U.S. officials said the discussions centered on arms control.
Emerging from the meeting, Shultz told reporters that the session was "lengthy, useful and worthwhile."
U.S. officials said the talks centered on arms control, although the two men also discussed regional issues and human rights.
In addition to arms control, Shultz and Gromyko had been expected to discuss the Middle East, East-West tensions and possible arrangements for a fall meeting between President Reagan and new Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
The two men met at 2 p.m. in the Soviet Embassy, a three-story, stone building set behind iron gates, and ended their discussion about six hours later--at least two hours longer than had been planned.
Shultz was accompanied by National Security Adviser Robert McFarlane; Assistant Secretary of State Richard Burt; Arthur Hartman, U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, and Paul Nitze, former chief U.S. negotiator at the Geneva disarmament talks and now special adviser to Shultz on arms control negotiations.