The Soviet Prime Minister, Mr. Alexei Kosygin, arrived in Algeria on Monday (October 4) on?
The Soviet Prime Minister, Mr. Alexei Kosygin, arrived in Algeria on Monday (October 4) on a four-day official visit. He was welcomed on his arrival, covered by VISNEWS cameraman Louis Giminez, by Algerian President Houari Boumedienne. The two leaders will have talks on topics reportedly expected to include trade co-operation, the Middle East crisis, and Mediterranean policy.
SYNOPSIS: Algeria, Monday...and the arrival of the Soviet Prime Minister, Mr. Alexei Kosygin, at the start of a North African visit. Mr. Kosygin, accompanied by a delegation of official and junior ministers, was welcomed by Algerian President Houari Boumedienne.
The two leaders will hold talks reportedly expected to include such topics as the Middle East crisis and trade relations between their two countries. Mr. Kosygin, on a four-day stay in Algeria, was due to fly on to Morocco for talks there in a series of tours by Soviet leaders -- for, at the same time, President Nicolai Podgorny was visiting and Hanoi in North Vietnam, and Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev is due to visit France later this month.
Official Algerian sources have stressed the importance of Mr. Kosygin visit -- his first ever. The two countries already have close trade and diplomatic ties. Talks between the two leaders are also expected to include Mediterranean issues. Official Algerian policy demands that the area be kept neutral -- without any foreign bases. The Soviet Union keeps a large fleet of ships in the Mediterranean, with several port facilities available. Mr. Kosygin's programme for his visit had not been released by Monday, but he was expected to fly to Morocco on Friday morning.