The Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr. Andrei Gromyko, flew home from West Germany on Sunday (4?
The Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr. Andrei Gromyko, flew home from West Germany on Sunday (4 June) well pleased with his talks with West German leaders. He told newsmen in Bonn before leaving that he had enjoyed his visit and that his talks had been "substantive".
Mr. Gromyko's visit to Bonn is the first official visit made to West Germany by a Soviet Foreign Minister. West Germany's Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt, hosted a dinner for Mr. Gromyko on Saturday (3 June) at which he said he hoped more Soviet leaders would visit West Germany. Herr Brandt said he hoped he could soon welcome to Bonn the Soviet Communist Party leader, Mr. Leonid Brezhnev, President Nikolai Podgorny and Soviet Premier, Mr. Alexei Kesygin.
Mr. Gromyko told dinner guests that the Soviet Union saw wide scope for improving political, economic and cultural relations with West Germany. He said if both sides continued their efforts, the time would come when relations between West Germany and the Soviet Union would not only be normal, but would be friendly and neighbourly.
The Soviet Foreign Minister visited Bonn after signing the four-power agreement on Berlin, along with the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Britain and France.
SYNOPSIS: The West German Foreign Ministry in Bonn on Saturday, and arriving: the Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr. Andrei Gromyko.
It was the first time a Soviet Foreign Minster had made an official visit to West Germany.
Mr. Gromyko had just taken part in the signing of the four-power Berlin agreement.
West Germany's Foreign Minister, Herr Walter Scheel greeted Mr. Gromyko and the two men wasted little time in beginning their discussions. On leaving Bonn twenty four hours later, Mr. Gromyko was to declare himself well-pleased with the talks, which he described as "substantive." Mr. Gromyko said they discussed a wide range of questions - of mutual interest.
At the Schaumburg Palace, Mr. Gromyko met West Germany's Chancellor Herr Willy Brandt -- who hosted a dinner in his honour.
There were brief private discussions between the two men, before they jointed Herr. Walter Scheel to greet the dinner guests.
At the dinner which followed Herr Brandt said he hoped soon to welcome more Soviet leaders to Bonn. Mr. Gromyko mentioned the wide scope for an improvement in relations between the Soviet Union and west Germany and predicted that with goodwill on bath sides relations could become not just normal but neighbourly and friendly.