The Soviet Union and Portugal have agreed to develop co-operation on the basis of equality and non-interference following a visit to Moscow by Portuguese President Francisco Da Costa Gomes.
GV Soviet and Portuguese delegates taking seats.
SV Costa Gomes signing agreement pan to Podgorny signing agreement.
GV officials watching
GV Podgorny and Costa Games signing and shaking hands. (3 shots)
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Background: The Soviet Union and Portugal have agreed to develop co-operation on the basis of equality and non-interference following a visit to Moscow by Portuguese President Francisco Da Costa Gomes.
The President met with Soviet Leaders on Friday (3 october) and signed to set up a regular system of consultations on bilateral and world problems and to work to expand co-operation in the political and economic fields.
The pledges came at the end of Costa Gomes' three-day visit for talks with Soviet President Nikolai Podgorny and Communist Party Leader Leonid Brezhnev.
Two documents, together with an agreement on co-operation in culture and science and an accord on long-term scientific and technical co-operation were signed at a Kremlin ceremony by the two presidents.
The declaration said both sides"attribute primary importance to the people of each state being guaranteed the sovereign right to decide its own destiny without any outside interference, direct or indirect, or whatever its origin".
President Cota Gomes said in Moscow his country needed "discipline, order and respect for authority" to enable it to construct a just society.
Mr. Brezhnev later accepted an invitation from the President to visit Lisbon at a date to be decided.
SYNOPSIS: A new agreement between Portugal and the Soviet Union was signed in Moscow on Friday. It was the climax of a three-day visit there by Portuguese President Costa Gomes. The two countries agreed to develop co-operation based on equality and non-interference. Mr. Costa Gomes signed the pact with Soviet President Podgorney. They agreed to set up a regular system of consultations on bilateral and world problems and to work to expand co-operation in the political, economic and scientific fields.
President Costa Gomes said his country needed discipline, order and respect for authority to construct a just society. Mr. Podgorny said Portugal had Kremlin support for what he called vanguard political forces. He said the Soviet Union was against any interference in Portuguese internal affairs. Soviet Communist Party leader Mr. Brezhnev, will pay a reciprocal visit to Lisbon.