Afghan Defence Minister, Abdul Qadir arrived in Moscow on February 4 for talks expected to focus on the military campaign against anti-government forces in Afghanistan.
1. GV PAN Afghan Defence Minister Abdul Qadir leaves plane and is greeted by Soviet counterpart Dmitri Ustinov 0.20
2. GV Afghan and Soviet flags 0.22
3. GV Qadir is greeted by Ustinov inside the airport 0.36
4. GV Soviet and Afghan diplomats 0.41
5. GVs & SVs Delegates seated around table (3 shots) 0.55
6. GV PAN Afghan minister lays wreath to the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin wall (4 shots) 1.25
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Background: MOSCOW, USSR
Afghan Defence Minister, Abdul Qadir arrived in Moscow on February 4 for talks expected to focus on the military campaign against anti-government forces in Afghanistan. The invitation had been extended by his Soviet counterpart, Dmitri Ustinov, who joined senior Red Army and navy commanders in welcoming Major-General Qadir. Coinciding with the visit, the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda gave a rare account of Soviet troops killed during an attack by Afghan guerrillas. In the first disclosure on casualties for 17 months, the newspaper listed the names of three soldiers who reportedly died in an explosion while attempting to move a blazing truck filled with dynamite, away from the rest of a convoy. The article said the trucks were on a road that had been cunningly land-mined and the convoy was fired upon by rebels dressed in Afghan army uniforms. After meeting with Defence Minister Ustinov and Soviet and Afghan diplomats, Major-General Qadir laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin wall.