West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt arrived in Nigeria on Monday (26 June) on the first official visit by a Chancellor to black Africa.
EXT GV West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt with wife gets off plane and is greeted by Nigerian Head of State lieutenant General Olusegun Obasanjo.
MV West German and Nigerian flags.
GV Schmidt and Obasanjo walk across tarmac as airport workers look on. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM INTO MV Schmidt inspecting honour guard.
GV/MV Schmidt walks to West German countryman in crowd. (2 SHOTS)
Herr Schmidt was to leave on Wednesday (28 June) for Zambia. He was to have talks with President Kenneth Kuanda, still seen by the Germans as having a key role to play for a peaceful settlement in Rhodesia.
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Background: West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt arrived in Nigeria on Monday (26 June) on the first official visit by a Chancellor to black Africa. The tour is seen as underlining West German readiness to play a stronger political role in African affairs.
SYNOPSIS: Bonn's interest in African political developments follows years when the West Germans were mainly involved in the economic field. The Chancellor, accompanied by Mrs Schmidt, was greeted by Nigerian Head of State Lieutenant-General Olusegun Obasanjo. The two leaders were expected to discuss international issues, especially the current situation in both Rhodesia and Zaire. But is was thought they would also look at ways of strengthening trade links. Nigeria is West Germany's biggest trading partner in black Africa south of the Sahara.
The Germans lost their African colonies in the First World War and so lack the close ties that Belgium, France and britain have with the continent. But, West Germany's increasing political importance and concern over Soviet involvement have forced Bonn into playing a more active African role.
West Germany is a member of the Western mission seeking a political solution for Namibia (South-West Africa) and recently participated in the conference of Western nations on Zaire. But, it is n the area of technical co-operation that the Germans have made their biggest impact. And the Nigerians are hoping that more aid will be forthcoming.