In Moscow, the Angolan President, Mr. Agostinho Neto, conferred with Soviet Chairman Leonid Brezhnev on?
In Moscow, the Angolan President, Mr. Agostinho Neto, conferred with Soviet Chairman Leonid Brezhnev on Thursday (20 April) before returning home. The previous day, the two men had also met with Cuban Foreign Minster, Senor Isidoro Malimierca Peoli, in one of a series of meetings reportedly held to co-ordinate Soviet policy in Africa.
SYNOPSIS: President Neto had been in the Soviet Union since March and was said to have been on holiday, During his visit, the official Angolan News Agency, Angop, had denied Western press reports that he was there to be treated for a serious illness.
Mr. Brezhnev was said to have promised President Neto that the Kremlin would continue its 'all-out' support for Angola, a term understood to cover military aid.
President Neto's presence in the Soviet Union had not been revealed until earlier this week. He travelled to Moscow from the Crimea for his meeting at the Kremlin. The Soviet News Agency Tass said Mr. Brezhnev and President Neto had both stressed at this meeting the historic significance of co-operation between Communist countries and 'national liberation forces' in Africa, and elsewhere.
The United States State Department has estimated there are between 23,000 and 25,000 Cuban troops in Angola, almost equalling a South African estimate of a strength of 31,000 Angolan government troops.