Mozambique President, Somara Machel, left Moscow on Friday (21 November) after five days of talks with Soviet leaders.
SV Chandelier on roof of Kremlin Hall TILT DOWN TO Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and Mozambique President Somara Machel surrounded by officials standing behind table equipped with microphones.
SV PULL BACK TO GV President Brezhnev reading statement while President Machel listens. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN Mozambique delegation listening.
SV Soviet officials.
SV President Brezhnev presenting President Machel with the Soviet Order of Friendship and embracing him as delegations applaud. (3 SHOTS)
SV President Machel speaking as Mr. Brezhnev and delegations listen. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Machel and President Brezhnev applaud.
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Background: Mozambique President, Somara Machel, left Moscow on Friday (21 November) after five days of talks with Soviet leaders. The discussions are believed to have concentrated on the possibility of Mozambique joining The Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON), the Soviet bloc's trade community.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Machel was warmly welcomed when he and his delegation arrived in Moscow on Monday (17 November). Mozambique is the Soviet Union's strongest ally in Africa, having signed a friendship treaty with Moscow three years ago. Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev, chaired lengthy discussions with Mr. Machel and, although no statement has yet been released, economics are believed to have dominated the talks. The two nations have been engaged in negotiations for some time on Mozambique's proposed membership of COMECON, a move that would open up extensive trade options. A COMECON delegation went to Mozambique in September to work out the details of the new arrangement.
The highlight of Mr. Machel's visit was at the Kremlin Hall, where President Brezhnev presented the Mozambique leader with the Soviet Order of Friendship among Nations. Mr. Brezhnev said Mr. Machel deserved the honour because of his contribution to the cause of peace, and the struggle against imperialism.
In another speech at a dinner in honour of Mr. Machel, the Soviet President pledged continued support for another African cause, Angola. He said his country fully supporter Angola's anti-imperialist policy and promised Soviet backing for the Angolan people's struggle for independence. In reply Mr. Machel described the Soviet Union as an example to Angola in building a socialist society.