INTRODUCTION: A delegation from the Algerian People's Democratic Republic, led by President Chadli Benjedid has led a series of top-level talks in Moscow.
SV PAN INT President Brezhnev leads Soviet group into room. Shakes hands with Algerian President Chadli Benjedid and members of his party. (2 SHOTS)
SV & LV President Benjedid meets Russian delegation (2 SHOTS)
CU & LV Delegations pose for photographs. ( 2 SHOTS)
CU & LV Presidents and delegations at conference table.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A delegation from the Algerian People's Democratic Republic, led by President Chadli Benjedid has led a series of top-level talks in Moscow. They met Soviet President Leonid Brezhnev and exchange views on the Middle East and other issues of mutual concern. High on the agenda was the subject of Soviet-Algerian relations.
SYNOPSIS: President Benjedid arrived in Moscow at the invitation of the Soviets. It was the Algerian leader's first visit to Moscow since taking office. President Benjedid was the latest in a series of Arab leaders invited to the Kremlin. President Brezhnev is seeking public support for a new International conference on the Middle East.
The Soviets had close relations with former Algerian President Boumedianne, and supported his policies. They were reported to be not so enthusiastic about Mr. Benjedid's warming relations with the West and the United States, which resulted in the Soviet leadership developing closer ties with Libya.
An unscheduled items discussed was Israel's recent attack on the nuclear rector station in Iraq. Both President said this, and other actions by Israel in Lebanon were evidence of the country's aggressiveness. They also accused Israel of relying on the U.S. and the Camp David peace treaty to threaten another outbreak of war in the region.