Mozambique's President, Samora Machel, started his talks with Soviet leaders in Moscow on Monday (17 May).
Mozambique's President, Samora Machel, started his talks with Soviet leaders in Moscow on Monday (17 May). It is his first major trip abroad since his country became independent from Portugal in 1975.
President Machel met Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny, Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and Boris Ponomaryov, Chairman of the Soviet Foreign Affairs Commission.
According to Soviet Television, the discussions centred on opportunities for co-operation between the two countries. President Machel's party, Frelimo, received arms from the Soviet Union in its long guerrilla war with Portugal.
Another subject for discussion is the situation in southern Africa, following Mozambique's proclamation last month of a policy of confrontation with Rhodesia. The Soviet Union has expressed firm support for Mozambique's stand.
The views of the two countries also coincided on the recently-ended Angolan civil war, in which both supported the now-ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).
President Machel is expected to remain in the Soviet Union for about ten days. He is accompanied by Foreign Minister Joaquim Alberto Chissano, Trade and Industry Minister Maria da Graca Mashungu and Jose Luis Cabaso, the Mozambique Minister of Transport and Communications.
SYNOPSIS: Discussions took place at the Kremlin in Moscow on Monday between visiting Mozambique President, Samora Machel and Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny. Also present were Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and Boris Ponomaryov, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Commission.
President Machel started his talks shortly after arriving in the Soviet capital. It is his first major trip aborad since his country gained independence form Portugal in 1975.
According to Soviet Television, the two countries discussed the situation in southern Africa. Mozambique recently proclaimed a policy of confrontation with Rhodesia and the Soviet Union has expressed support for this move. Both countries also backed the Popular Movement ???r the Liberation of Angola during the civil war.
President Machel is expected to stay in the Soviet Union for about ten days. He is accompanied on his visit by a four-man ministerial team.