The Angoland Prime Minister, Lopo de Nascimento, arrived in Moscow on Monday (24 May) for an official visit to the Soviet Union.
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Background: The Angoland Prime Minister, Lopo de Nascimento, arrived in Moscow on Monday (24 May) for an official visit to the Soviet Union. Senhor de Nascimento is the first Angolan leader to visit Moscow since the African state gained independence from Portugal in November last year. Shortly after arriving, he began talks with Soviet Prime Minister, Alexei Kosygin, Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, and Defence Minister Dmitri Ustinov.
Later, at a Kremlin dinner for Senhor de Nascimento, Mr. Kosygin said the Soviet Union would do everything it could to strengthen relations with Angola. Mr. Kosygin said the support of the Soviet Union and Cuba had ensured Angola's independence.
The Soviet Union gave substantial military backing in supplies and equipment to the government formed by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). The MPLA fought against western-supported groupings in the recently-ended civil war.
Mr. Kosygin said there was no contradiction between Soviet backing for the MPLA and the course of detente. In reply, Senhor de Nascimento said the Soviet Union had displayed "a due appreciation of the legitimate aspirations of the Angolan people".