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    President Jose Lopes Portilio of Mexico arrived in Moscow for an official visit on Wednesday (17 May).

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    President Jose Lopes Portilio of Mexico arrived in Moscow for an official visit on Wednesday (17 May). He had talks with Soviet leaders including President Leonid Brezhnev.

    SYNOPSIS: At Moscow airport a welcoming party, including Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, Prime Minister Mr. Alexei Kosygin, and the Soviet President and Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev, was on hand to meet the Mexican President. For President Portilio this was his first visit to the Soviet Union. He was elected President of Mexico in 1976 and since then has maintained a policy of broadening friendly relations with the Soviet Union. Soviet-Mexican diplomatic relations were established in 1924 and during the past ten years several major trade agreements have been signed.

    President Brezhnev has recently announced the kremlin's willingness to sign the Tlatelolco Treaty, barring nuclear weapons from Latin America. The treaty, named after a square in Mexico City, was ratified by the United States in 1971.

    According to the Soviet News Agency Tass, the first round of talks between the Mexican President and Soviet leaders considered Soviet-Mexican co-operation in many fields. President Brezhnev was reported as saying that Soviet people understand the efforts of Mexico to strengthen its economic independence and sovereignty. The Western news agency Reuters reported that the visit came at a time when countries in the highly strategic Caribbean and Central American area were leaning away from their old pro-Western orientation and strengthening ties with Moscow, mainly for economic reasons. Diplomats from Central American countries are reported as saying the Soviet Union offers disinterested cooperation and aid projects to help solve crippling economic problems.

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