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    President Didier Ratsiraka of Madagascar has been visiting the Soviet Union at the invitation of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet and the government.

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    President Didier Ratsiraka of Madagascar has been visiting the Soviet Union at the invitation of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet and the government.

    SYNOPSIS: President Ratsiraka's plane touched down at Moscow airport on Thursday (29 June) -- where Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko were among the official party waiting to greet him.

    The President of Madagascar was accompanied by his wife -- and she too was given a warm welcome by the Soviet leaders. Mr. Ratsiraka first visited the Soviet Union when he was Madagascar's Foreign Minister in 1972 -- the year in which diplomatic relations were established between Madagascar and the Soviet Union. Mr. Ratsiraka was elected President in 1975 and since then Madagascar has started implementing a socialist orientation policy.

    During Mr. Ratsiraka's visit the Soviet leadership confirmed their intention to continue all necessary support for the Democratic Republic of Madagascar. Satisfaction at the development of Soviet-Madagascar relations was also expressed.

    In the talks, the participants voiced their conviction that co-operation between the two countries would continue to serve the interests of strengthening peace and security both in Africa and the world at large. The two delegations discussed urgent international issues and noted that on fundamental questions their views were very similar. They emphasised the continuing need for all nations to consolidate detente and achieve concrete results in disarmament. They also expressed solidarity on the subject of liberation struggles in Africa.

    Following the talks Mr. Ratsiraka was guest of honour at a Kremlin banquet. President Brezhnev used the occasion to reaffirm Soviet support for Vietnam, now reported to be engaged in heavy fighting with Cambodia. Diplomatic sources quoted by Reuters news agency is Singapore say that Vietnam has launched a major offensive.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACUMTYVBVTN28M5RC6MI8JGP0T
    Media URN:
    VLVACUMTYVBVTN28M5RC6MI8JGP0T
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/07/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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