INTRODUCTION: Two days of talks between Soviet leaders and a Congolese delegation, led by President Denis Sasso-Nguesso, ended in Moscow on Wednesday (13 May).
GV Aircraft arrives and President Brezhnev walks forward. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Denis Sassou-Nguesso walks forward and shakes hands wit Brezhnev.
GV & CU Cameramen film a presidents pose. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Congolese delegation.
SV Sassou-Nguesso inspects guard of honour with Brezhnev.
SV Sassou-Nguesso meets Soviet officials.
GV & SV Sassou-Nguesso waves as he passes Congolese nationals, and crowds waving Soviet and Congolese flags. (4 SHOTS)
CU INTERIOR Sassou-Nguesso and Brezhnev sit at table with delegates. (3 SHOTS)
CU PAN Brezhnev and Foreign Minister Gromyko sitting opposite Congolese delegation.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Two days of talks between Soviet leaders and a Congolese delegation, led by President Denis Sasso-Nguesso, ended in Moscow on Wednesday (13 May). The delegations signed a treaty of friendship which pledges economic and technical aid to the Congo. It is similar to treaties already operating between the USSR and Ethiopia, Mozambique and Angola - except in one important respect: it contains no reference to military co-operation, as the other treaties do.
SYNOPSIS: Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev was at Moscow airport to greet the delegation from the People's Republic of the Congo. Their agenda was to cover a wide range of issues, including Namibia (South Africa West Africa). Both sides undertook to work for an immediate end to what they called racist South Africa's illegal occupation, and declared their support for the South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO).
President Sassou-Nguesso's delegation represented a country lacking natural resources, but retaining strong economic ties with Western Europe, especially France, the former colonial power.
The official Soviet News Agency Tass said the two presidents accused "wicked NATO allies" of "triggering internal conflicts" in "attacks" on progressive developments in Africa. Later, Mr. Brezhnev commended a plan by the Organisation of African Unity to make Africa a nuclear-free zone. The Congo belongs to the OAU.
This was Denis Sassou-Nguesos's first visit to Moscow since he emerged from a power struggle two years ago as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Congolese armed forces. He leads what Mr. Brezhnev described as one of the first independent African nations to adopt Marxism.
The treaty signed by the two presidents pledged a widening of political, economic, scientific and technical ties and provides for joint consultation on all issues affecting the interest of both countries. If peace is threatened, the treaty says they will "immediately consult each other to co-ordinate their positions". Both leaders said they believe the treaty will further improve what they described as their already excellent relationship.