Dr. Neto was met at Sofia airport by Bulgarian President Todor Zhivkov. He had just?
Dr. Neto was met at Sofia airport by Bulgarian President Todor Zhivkov. He had just flown from the Soviet Union, where he signed a 20-year friendship treaty with Kremlin leaders. In a statement released the same day in Moscow, Angola and the Soviet Union accused "imperialism and its stooges" of trying to prolong the existence of racist administrations in southern Africa.
The Angolan leader has visited Bulgar a seven times before, but this was the first time since his Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola -- the MPLA -- emerged victorious in the civil war. In a speech later, Dr. Neto thanked Bulgaria and other socialist countries for their aid to his party in the conflict.
The two leaders met that evening for talks on the development of Bulgarian-Angolan relations. Dr. Neto was accompanied on his trip to the Soviet Union and Bulgaria by his Foreign Minister, Jose Dos Santos, his Minister for Planning and Economic Co-ordination, Carlos Rocha and Angolan Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Joao Neto.