President Omar Bongo of Gabon paid a brief visit to the Congo on Friday (27 May) - the second foreign head of state to pay an official call following the assassination in March of Congolese President Marien Ngouabi.
MV: Congolese President Joachim Yhombi-Opango and others waiting for aircraft arrival at Brazzaville airport, Congo.
MV: Mayor of Brazzaville and others waiting
GV: Gabonese President Omar Bongo's aircraft taxiing in.
MV: Presidents greeting each other.
CU: girl tying red scarf round Bongo's neck.
MV: colour party dip flag.
MV: two Presidents saluting, PAN TO guard of honour.
CU AND SVs: Bongo and Yhombi-Opango shaking hands with military and civilian officials. (3 shots)
MV: Presidents walking across tarmac.
MV: spectators applauding.
MV: Bongo laying wreath on tomb of late Congolese President Marien Ngouabi.
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Background: President Omar Bongo of Gabon paid a brief visit to the Congo on Friday (27 May) - the second foreign head of state to pay an official call following the assassination in March of Congolese President Marien Ngouabi. The two West African nations have shared close relations since their independence.
SYNOPSIS: The country's new President, former Defence Minister Colonel Joachim Yhombi-Opango, was at Brazzaville airport to greet president Bongo.
Colonel Yhombi-Opango, a close friend of his predecessor, took over as head of state last month after the abortive-coup in which President Ngbuabi died.
A red scarf was tied round President Bongo's neck during the welcome. The Congo is a pro-Soviet nation run on Marxist-Lennist lines, although the new President is generally regarded as a moderate compared with president Ngouabi. As President of the Congo's ruling military committee, he combines the duties of head of state and Prime Minister. After the formal but friendly airport welcome,the two leaders got together for talks. According to official sources, they concentrated on the field of bilateral co-operation and also discussed general West African problems.
President Bongo, whose visit only lasted a few hours, paid his respects to the late President Ngouabi by laying a wreath on his tomb.