Relations between the Congo and the Soviet Union continue to flourish at all levels under the rule of Chief of State, Colonel Joachim Yhombi Opango.
Relations between the Congo and the Soviet Union continue to flourish at all levels under the rule of Chief of State, Colonel Joachim Yhombi Opango. President Opango assumed power following the assassination in March of this year of his predecessor President Marien Ngouabi. President Ngouabi was a firm advocate of close relations with the Soviet Union, and so far there has been no sign of a cooling in the friendship of the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: The week it was the turn of the Congolese Health and Social Affairs Minister, Commander Abel Durand Mintsotsa, to host a delegation from the Soviet Health Ministry. Final talks between the two ministries were held on Thursday (June 29th), marking the end of the delegations successful five-day visit.
The Soviet delegation, led by Health and Social Affairs Minister, Madame Komarova, spent a large part of the five-day visit in the Congolese countryside. There they met with rural health workers and held talks with local political administrators. The Congolese government follows Soviet principles of agrarian reform in many details, and lays great stress on the development of agriculture.
To mark the end of the Soviet visit, gifts were exchanged between the delegations, together with promises of greater cooperation on questions of health and welfare, especially on a local, rural level.
Madame Komarova has invited the Congolese Health Minister to make a return visit to the Soviet Union at an early date.