Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says his talks with a Soviet envoy were useful, but that the results will not necessarily become known publicly.
In an interview with Cable News Network correspondents in Baghdad aired Monday night, Saddam also reiterated his determination to maintain control of Kuwait."Meetings are always useful," Saddam said of his discussions with Yevgeny M. Primakov, Middle East adviser to Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Primakov has been reported as saying his discussions with Saddam produced little movement, but Gorbachev has said there were signs of flexibility on Saddam's part.
Saddam called his discussions with Primakov "wide-ranging and very useful" but said the first statements would have to come from Primakov.
"Not everything that was agreed will come out in the open," Saddam said.
Saddam said, as he has in the past, his troops have no intention of leaving Kuwait, which they occupied on Aug. 2. And any fighting, he said, would be the result of what he called aggression by the United States, Britain or Israel.
Saddam also insisted again that the Arab nations' problems be resolved as a whole, not piecemeal, and linked resolution of the Palestinian issue to the Kuwait crisis.
The Iraqi leader said he hoped war would not break out and "if the Americans were to opt away from war, then they will establish a strong position for itself and humanity."
But he said Iraq and Iran were "the only armies with wide experience in fighting wars" in the Persian Gulf region.
Saddam appeared relaxed and smiled on occasion during the CNN interview. He wore a civilian coat and tie. At one point he was asked if he would enjoy fishing with President Bush, a sport both men are fond of.
"I have no objection to looking into this proposition," Saddam said. But he said he would like a meeting with Bush only if it meant a substantive discussion.