The Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, arrived in rome on Monday (18th February) for a visit which he said he hoped would help ease international tension.
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Background: The Soviet Foreign Minister, Andrei Gromyko, arrived in rome on Monday (18th February) for a visit which he said he hoped would help ease international tension.
The Foreign Minister, who flew to Rome from Paris, was met at the airport by his Italian counterpart, Signor Aldo Moro. The military airport of Champion was surrounded by troops for Mr. Gromyko's arrival. The two men went into a round of talks after dining together. They were expected to have another session of talks before Mr. Gromyko's departure.
Mr. Gromyko said the talks would cover bilateral topics and international questions, particulary European security. He said he hoped the talks would be useful in leading to a lowering of tension in europe and the world.
On Monday (19th February) Mr. Gromyko was due to meet President Giovanni Leone, and Prime Minister Mariano Rumor.
On the bilateral front, one likely subject of discussion was expected to be the supply of Soviet oil to Italy. Imports from the Soviet Union accounted for 5 per cent of Italian purchases abroad in the first eight months of last year.
Another topic of discussion was expected to be the proposed visit to Italy by Soviet Communist Party leader Leonid Brezhnev and Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin.
After his official two day visit, Mr. Gromyko will travel privately in Italy. He's due to meet Pope Paul on Thursday (21st February), and leave for Moscow on Friday (22nd February)