During his official visit to the Soviet Union, Mozambique President Samora Machel met Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev on Tuesday (18 May).
During his official visit to the Soviet Union, Mozambique President Samora Machel met Communist Party Chief Leonid Brezhnev on Tuesday (18 May). According to the Tass news agency, during their discussions President Machel expressed his country's gratitude for Soviet assistance during the guerrilla war against Mozambique's former Portuguese rulers.
President Machel is making his first major trip abroad since his country's independence from Portugal last year and arrived in Moscow at the head of a high-level delegation on Monday (17 May).
During their talks, Mr. Brezhnev and President Machel pointed out the community of views of Mozambique and the U.S.S.R. on major questions of international policy. They emphasised the importance of unity in world socialism, in the forces of national liberation and for the elimination of colonialism and racism.
Both leaders expressed their conviction that the relaxation of tensions at an international level creates favourable conditions for individual nations to achieve national independence, democracy and social progress.
Mr. Brezhnev and Senhor Machel also re-affirmed their desire to strengthen cooperation between the Soviet Communist Party and Frelimo.
Also taking part in the discussions were Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, Soviet Communist Party Secretary Boris Ponomarev and Mr. Brezhnev's assistant Mr. A.I. Blatov, together with the Mozambique Foreign Minister, Senhor Joaquim Chissano.