The Soviet Union and Afghanistan have signed a friendship treaty, the third such accord concluded by the Kremlin in just over a month.
GV Delegates walking through doorway to long table (2 shots)
SV Mr. Noor Mohammad Tarakki, Prime Minister of Afghanistan signing document
GV & SV Soviet President Leonid Brezhev and Mr. Tarakki signing (3 shots)
GV Two leaders exchanging documents and shaking hands to loud applause (2 shots)
SV Other members of delegations sign treaty (2 shots)
SV Leaders from both countries watching (2 shots)
GV Witnesses to signing exchanging documents and shaking hands amid loud applause
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Background: The Soviet Union and Afghanistan have signed a friendship treaty, the third such accord concluded by the Kremlin in just over a month. No details of the treaty were immediately available, but the official Tass News Agency referred to a deepening of good neighbourly cooperation between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: The treaty was signed at the Kremlin during the first official visit by Afghanistan's Head of State, Mr. Noor Mohammed Tarakki since he took power in Kabul in a coup last April. President Leonid Brezhnev signed for the Soviet Union.
Before signing the treaty, Mr. Terakki held brief talks with President Brezhnev and other Soviet leaders. The Tass News Agency said the two leaders had outlined the specific steps they would take for the further expansion of neighbourly cooperation. Mr. Terakki has stressed since he came to power that he is pursuing a policy of neutrality. But Reuters News Agency reports that thousands of Russian technicians, experts and military advisers are helping Afghanistan to consolidate the new regime. Tass said the Soviet union had given much assistance to Afghanistan.
The agreement follows two other similar treaties the Soviet Union signed in November with Vietnam and Ethiopia. India, Iraq, Mozambique and Angola are the other countries outside Europe which have such accords with the Kremlin.