Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos arrived in Moscow on Wednesday (19 December) on his first visit to the Soviet Union since he took office last September.
Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos arrived in Moscow on Wednesday (19 December) on his first visit to the Soviet Union since he took office last September. One topic expected to rank highly in his talks with Soviet leaders is Rhodesia, and the ceasefire that the Patriotic Front guerrillas recently signed with the British government.
SYNOPSIS: The thirty-seven-year old president knows well the harshness of the winter climate in Moscow. He studied oil engineering at a Soviet college from 1963 to 1968. At this arrival, Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev led the welcoming party.
President Dos Santos is also no stranger to top-level talks in the Soviet capital. He had previously held the posts of First Deputy Prime Minister, Secretary for Economic Planning and Foreign Secretary, and several times came to the Soviet Union as a member of Angolan governmental delegations.
Senhor Dos Santos became his country's leader in September, two weeks after Angola's first president, Agostinho Neto, died in Soviet hospital. Having been elected to head the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), he automatically became president.
Angolan-Soviet relations were first bound together in 1976 when Moscow signed a friendship and co-operation treaty, its first with a tropical African state. On Rhodesia, Reuters news agency quoted diplomatic sources in Moscow as saying the Kremlin would probably have preferred the bush war to intensify, strengthening Soviet influence as an arms salesman.