The Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr. Andrei Gromyko, who arrived in London on Monday (22 March),?
GV Gromyko down aircraft steps and greeted by Callaghan
GV Gromyko and Callaghan walk across tarmac
SCU Gromyo speaking
GV Gromyko and Callaghan joke with newsmen
SV Callaghan speaking
MR. GROMYKO: "The Soviet Union is ready in accordance with the principles of peaceful existence to continue the course aimed at developing relations of long term mutually advantageous co-operation with Great Britain in various fields, political, economic, scientific and cultural."
MR. CALLAGHAN: "Let me just say a few words of welcome to Mr. Gromyko coming here as a representative, a member of the General Committee, and of course, a representative of one of the great super powers of the world."
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Background: The Soviet Foreign Minister, Mr. Andrei Gromyko, who arrived in London on Monday (22 March), said Anglo-Soviet relations had changed for the batter.
Mr. Gromyko, who will have talks with British government officials during his four-day visit, said conditions existed for still further improvement in relations between the two countries.
The British Foreign Secretary, Mr. James Callaghan, who welcomed Mr. Gromyko at London's Heathrow Airport, said there was a basis of realism between the two countries, and they understood each other's point of view.
Mr. Gromyko is on his first official visit to the United Kingdom for five years. The topics he and Mr. Callaghan and the Prime Minister, Mr. Harold Wilson, are expected to discuss during the visit include the controversial state of East-West detente, the grave situation in southern Africa, the Arab-Israeli dispute and the expansion of Anglo-Soviet trade and cultural contacts.
Mr. Callaghan welcomed Mr. Gromyko as the representative of one of the world's great super powers, and added that it always seemed necessary to him that Britain and the Soviet Union should be able to have an open dialogue with each other.
This film is serviced with speech in English by Mr. Gromyko and Mr. Callaghan. A transcript of these appears below.