The Russian Defence Minister, Marshal Grechko, is to visit Somalia during at three-nation overseas tour later this month.
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CU Siad Barre
CU Podgorny and Barre (2 shots)
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LV & CU Podgorny and Barre sign agreement and shake hands (4 shots)
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Background: The Russian Defence Minister, Marshal Grechko, is to visit Somalia during at three-nation overseas tour later this month.
This was announced in Moscow on Tuesday (7 December).
Marshal Grechko's trip comes a month after an official visit to the Soviet Union by President Barre of Somalia.
During his six-day visit, President Barre had talks with leading Soviet officials, including President Podgorny.
SYNOPSIS: Visiting the Kremlin in Moscow recently--President Siad Barre of Somalia. He called at the Kremlin to talk to President Podgorny during a six-day official visit to the Soviet Union.
Also attending--Mr. Polyansky, First Vice-Chairman of the Soviet Council of Ministers.
A communique issued jointly by President Barre and President Podgorny noted a further development of trade between the Soviet Union and Somalia. And it mentioned that the position of the two countries broadly coincide on current international problems.
It's announced this week in Moscow that Somalia will be one of three countries to be visited later this month by the Soviet Defence Minister, Marshal Grechko. The Soviet Union has been a main source of defence equipment for Somalia. The meeting between President Podgorny and President Barre ended with both men signing the joint communique.