The Soviet Union has further developed friendships in the strategic Red Sea area (on Thursday 25 October) with the signing of a Friendship Treaty with South Yemen.
The Soviet Union has further developed friendships in the strategic Red Sea area (on Thursday 25 October) with the signing of a Friendship Treaty with South Yemen. The twenty-year friendship and co-operation pact was signed at the Kremlin by Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and the visiting South Yemen President Abdul-Fattah Ismail. Earlier Mr. Brezhnev presented President Ismail, who is also General-Secretary of the Yemeni Socialist Party, with the Soviet Order of friendship of Nations.
SYNOPSIS: The presentation was made in the Kremlin in the presence of officials. of both countries. President Brezhnev, in presenting the award, said that he was personally glad to present the order to the South Yemen President, for his role in South Yemen's struggle for national independence, peace and social progress, and for his contribution to the strengthening friendship and co-operation between the peoples of the Democratic Yemen and the Soviet Union.
The signing of the pact and the presentation of the order crowned six years of steadily improving relations between Moscow and the Arab Marxist state.
Extracts from the treaty were published by the Soviet News Agency Tass. They spoke of the determination to strengthen their friendship and political ties, and pledged to continue military co-operation. South Yemen has reportedly grown in importance to the Soviet Union since Somalian President Mohamed Said Barre renounced his country's friendship treaty with Moscow, depriving the Soviet Union of important port facilities.
President Ismail after receiving his award thanked the Soviet Communist Party, the Supreme Soviet Presidium and the Soviet people for the high praise he had been given.
The pact includes the setting-up of a collective security system in Asia to help co-ordinate their response to any threat to peace and they pledged to work for disarmament.