Mozambique's President Samora Machel began an official visit to the Soviet Union on Monday (17 May) with his arrival in Moscow.
Mozambique's President Samora Machel began an official visit to the Soviet Union on Monday (17 May) with his arrival in Moscow. President Machel is accompanied by his Foreign Minister, Alberto Chissano, Trade Minister, Mario Machongo and high ranking military officials led by General Staff member, Jasinto Veloso. Earlier this year, a top-level military delegation visited Moscow from Mozambique, but no information on the talks was released.
During a stopover in Cairo on his way to Moscow, President Machel said he would also visit other socialist countries which had assisted Mozambique's liberation war. He is expected to spend up to 10 days in the Soviet Union.
At Moscow airport, the Mozambique delegation was greeted by Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and President Nikolai Podgorny, who will head the Soviet grown in negotiations.
There has been no announcement whether President Machel will visit China, whose ambassador has been recalled from the Mozambique capital, Maputo. There has been a steady decline in the Chinese presence in Mozambique since the formation of the Maputo government.
Since the Angolan civil war, contact between the Soviet Union and Mozambique has increased steadily. Moscow supports Mozambique's stand against Rhodesia's white minority government and guerrilla weapons captured inside Rhodesia and increasingly of Soviet manufacture rather than Chinese.