INTRODUCTION: Romania's Foreign Minister Andrei, has been in Moscow for official talks with his Soviet counterpart, Andrei Gromyko.
SV & CU interior Romanian Foreign Minister Stefan Andrei followed by Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko into room and they pose for cameras (3 shots)
SV Andrei sits at table
SV Gromyko sits facing him
SV & CU: Both men seated with delegations at table (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Romania's Foreign Minister Andrei, has been in Moscow for official talks with his Soviet counterpart, Andrei Gromyko. During discussions on Tuesday (17 February), they were reported to have agreed on the importance of curbing the East-West arms race.
SYNOPSIS: The two foreign ministers also talked about the need to remove areas of tension, but no specific mention of Poland was reported. Moscow's Tass news agency said Mr.Andrei and Mr. Gromyko agreed that the policy of detente should be upheld. Many other international problems were discussed.
Tass said the two ministers emphasized the need for countries to develop along lines laid down by the 1975 Helsinki conference, policies involving European security and cooperation. Both called for constructive results from the present European security conference in Madrid.
The foreign ministers said they attached paramount importance to the need for a conference on military defence and disarmament in Europe. Romania joined the Warsaw Pact in 1955. But it has gradually adopted a more independent foreign policy. In 1979, Romania refused to endorse a Warsaw Pact declaration condemning China's policy in southeast Asia. And Romania has also opposed its Soviet bloc partners on a plan to increase defence spending.