The Soviet Union and Angola signed a programme of economic and technical co-operation until 1990 on Wednesday (20 January).
SV PAN Head of Angolan delegation Lucio Lara shakes hands with Prime Minister Nikolai Tikhonov and other members of the Soviet delegation (3 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Both delegations pose for photographers (2 shots)
GV Delegates take seats at table
SV Two delegates talking
SV Lucio Lara at table
SV Prime Minister Tikhonov
SV & GV Delegates at table (2 shots)
GV Lara (left) and Tikhonov sign trade co-operation treaty watched by both delegations
SCU Lara and Tikhonov signing as Gromyko and other Soviets watch (3 shots)
SCU & SV Signing ceremony continues as Angolan delegation looks on (3 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO SV ZOOM OUT TO GV Leaders exchange treaties and both delegations toast each other (3 shots)
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Background: The Soviet Union and Angola signed a programme of economic and technical co-operation until 1990 on Wednesday (20 January). The agreement was signed by Soviet Prime Minister Nikolai Tikhonov and Lucio Lara, a senior member of Angola's ruling MPLA-workers' party. The signing followed talks in Moscow between Soviet officials and an Angolan delegation which was also expected to press for urgent economic and military assistance from Moscow. Angolan Defence Minister Pedro Mario Tonha attended the talks. The Soviet newsagency Tass said the long-term agreement and a supplementary five-year protocol which was also signed at the same time would increase trade between the two countries. The Angolan government has enjoyed close relations with the Soviet Union since it came to power after the civil war of 1975. The Soviet Union is a main supplier of arms as well as economic aid.