The Swedish Premier Olof Palme arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (June 16) on his first official visit to the U.
The Swedish Premier Olof Palme arrived in Moscow on Tuesday (June 16) on his first official visit to the U.S.S.R. as Premier.
He was greeted at Moscow's Vnukovo V.I.P. airport by Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko.
His two-day visit, at the invitation of the Soviet Government, is in return for one paid by Mr. Kosygin to Sweden two years ago. Mr. Palme is to have wide-ranging talks with Mr. Kosygin on international matters and issues affecting the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: A V.I.P. welcome at Moscow's Vnukovo airport for Sweden's Premier Olof Palme. He arrived on Tuesday (June 16) on a two day visit -- his first to the country since he assumed office. Soviet Premier Kosygin and Foreign Minister Gromyko were waiting on the tarmac for Mr. Palme, whose visit is in return for one paid Mr. Kosygin to Sweden two years ago. The 43-year-old Swedish Premier arrived in Moscow fresh from the United States, which he visited last week. Whilst there, his outspoken criticism of United States policy in Vietnam and Indo China met with some hostility.
Welcoming celebrations for the visitor included a colourful march past, followed by an inspection of the Guard of honour and the playing of the Swedish and Soviet National anthems. Later Mr. Palme was to be guest of honour at a reception given by the Swedish Ambassador to Moscow.
Mr. Palme and Mr. Kosygin are to meet for talks about the Indo China conflict, the Middle East situation and European security during the visit.