The Cuban President, Dr. Fidel Castro, has ended his week-long visit to Ethiopia after broad?
The Cuban President, Dr. Fidel Castro, has ended his week-long visit to Ethiopia after broad discussions on strengthening military and other ties between the two countries. President Castro left for Algeria on Tuesday (September 19), having arrived in Addis Ababa on September 12 for the Fourth Anniversary celebrations of the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie. Addis Ababa Radio reported that the Cuban leader and the Ethiopian Head of State Mengistu Haile-Mariam, had held talks on social, economic and political co-operation, as well as international issues.
SYNOPSIS: Included in Presidents Castro's Ethiopian schedule was a Victory and Rehabilitation Festival in Jijiga. It was an occasion for dancing and general celebration- all part of the Fourth Anniversary activities.
A crowd reported to member 200,000 attended to welcome Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu and President Castro with chants and banners.
The two leaders cut the inaugural ribbon at the entrance to the grounds to officially open the festival which featured historical, industrial and agricultural displays from all parts of Ethiopia. They then heard the chairman of the organising committee, Lieutenant-Colonel Belete Ergete explain that the purpose of the day was to reaffirm the victory scored by Ethiopians and the Revolutionary Army, The festival renewed the pledge, he said, never again to let an enemy violate Ethiopian territory.
A Soviet delegation led by Vassily Kunznetsov, First Deputy Chairman of the President of the Supreme Soviet, also attended the Fair and received commemorative gifts from Colonel Mengistu. Ethiopia now relies on the Soviet Union for military equipment which-up until a year ago- was supplied by the United States.