The Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko has accused the United States of seeking to spur the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) grouping into becoming a military-political alliance.
CU Sign outside Foreign Ministry building in Moscow TILT UP TO building.
SV INTERIOR Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach posing for photographs. (2 SHOTS)
SV Vietnamese Foreign Minister and delegation sit down at table.
SV Soviet delegation seated at table.
CU Foreign Minister Thach.
CU Vietnamese delegate.
SV Foreign Minister Thach PULL BACK TO GV delegates seated around table.
The member nations of ASEAN are Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
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Background: The Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko has accused the United States of seeking to spur the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) grouping into becoming a military-political alliance. Mr. Gromyko was speaking at a dinner on Monday (8 September) in honour of Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach, who was in Moscow for an official visit.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Gromyko received his Vietnamese counterpart at the Foreign Office on Monday (8 September). The two foreign ministers discussed relations between the Soviet Union and Vietnam and the situation in South East Asia. Mr. Gromyko was highly critical of the influence China and western nations have on various countries in the are. He said that tensions in South East Asia were due to the activities of "imperialism and hegem???nism", a reference to the west and China.
Mr. Gromyko called on ASEAN to help turn Asia into a zone of peace. He praised recent proposals put forward by the foreign ministers of Vietnam, Laos and t??? h???ng Samrin Government of Kampuchea, saying they provided a good basis between the countries of Indonesia and the states of ASEAN.