The Cuban Prime Minister, Dr. Fidel Castro, arrived on the Adriatic island of Brioni on?
The Cuban Prime Minister, Dr. Fidel Castro, arrived on the Adriatic island of Brioni on Saturday (6th March) for talks with Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito. The visit was expected to mark a new stage in the relationship between the two countries which in the past have take opposing ideological views on several issues.
President Tito's independent style of communism has not always pleased the Soviet Union and some other pre-Soviet states -- like Cuba. However, during the talks, Dr. Castro and President Tito were expected to try and resolve their differences to improve co-operation between Cuba and Yugoslavia.
Dr. Castro flew to Yugoslavia from Moscow, where he attended the Soviet Communist Party Congress which ended o Friday (5th March).
From the Yugoslav mainland, Dr. Castro was taken by yacht to Brioni, where President Tito awaited him.
According to Yugoslav and Cuban officials, the talks between the two leaders were proceeding well. So well in fact that Dr. Castro decided to prolong his stay until Monday (8th March).
A major topic of discussion between the two men was the situation in Angola where -- with the help of Cuban troops and the backing of the Soviet Union -- the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has won control of the country.
Later, at a dinner in honour of Dr. Castro, President Tito said that Cuba had given Angola a "rich contribution" -- although he stopped short of mentioning the presence of Cuban soldiers in the former Portuguese African colony. President Tito went on to complain that in the field of detente, little had been done or achieved since the European Security and Co-operation Conference in Helsinki last year. Dr. Castro's speech had not been made public by Sunday night.