In Moscow, the Angolan President, Mr. Agostinho Neto, conferred with Soviet Chairman Leonid Brezhnev on?
MV INT: Angolan President Agostinho Neto with Soviet Chairman Leonid Brezhnev.
MV: Mr. Brezhnev and President Neto take places at conference table.
MV: President Neto seated.
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On Friday (21 April), a top official of the Unita rebel movement told the Afrikaans newspaper Beeld in South Africa that Angolan government troops were engaged in open warfare with their Cuban allies. In a telephone interview from Kinshasa, the Unite (Union for the Total Independence of Angola) Foreign Minister in exile. Mr Jorge Sangumba, told the newspaper that fighting between Angolan soldiers and Cubans was spreading throughout the country. United States Secretary of State Cyrus Vance said in London this week, on his way to Moscow for talks on the stalled SALT Agreement , that the United States was deeply concerned at the presence of Cuban combat forces and Soviet military personnel in Africa.
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Background: 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.