Four Nicaraguan government leaders arrived in Moscow on Monday (Marc 17) on an official friendly visit.
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SV Nicaraguan delegation down steps of aircraft. Delegation leader, Moises Hassan, a member of the Ruling Junta, greeted by Andrei kirilenko, Politbureau member and Secretary of the Central Committee (4 shots)
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Background: Four Nicaraguan government leaders arrived in Moscow on Monday (Marc 17) on an official friendly visit. The following day the Nicaraguan delegation met Senior Communist Party officials for talks at he Kremlin.
SYNOPSIS: The group is seeking economic aid for Nicaragua where aid for Nicaragua where revolutionary leaders are struggling to rebuilging shattered economy. Eighteen Months of civil war has produced a 160 per cent inflation rate. The delegation , led by Moises Hassan, a member of the ruling junta, was greeted by Andrei kirilenko, effective number two in the Politburo under President Brezhnev. With Mr. Hassan was Nicaraguan Interior Minister, Tomas Borje, Defence Minister, Humberto Ortega, and Planning Minister, Henry Ruiz. All four men were member of the Sandanista National Liberation Front, which spreaheaded the rebellion against former President Anastasio Somoza.
Diplomatic relations between Nicaragua and the Soviet Union were established in 1944 but broken off during President Somosa's rule. Last October bilateral relations were again opened.
The Nicaraguan government has received some foreign aid since it took office eight months ago, notably from Venezuela, Mexico, Italy and Cuba. But last month a seventy-five million dollar United States loan was temporarily frozen by the American congress. This move brought strong condemn-ation from the junta, and anti-American demonstrations in Managua, the country's capital.
During Tuesday's (March 18) kremlin meeting the two parties expressed a desire to expand commercial, economic and cultural contacts. They also discussed current international problems. Later this week the Nicaraguan mission will visit other East European capitals in a quest for economic support for their government.