A top-level delegation of Czechoslovak Party and Government leaders arrived in Sofia yesterday (Monday) on an official visit to Bulgaria.
GV PAN Delegation awaiting arrival of Dr. Husak at airport.
SV Husak and party down steps of aircraft & greeted.
SV Ceremonial guards.
MV Dr. Husak (centre) and others reviewing guard (2 shots)
SV Husak shaking hands with Bulgarian officials.
SV People waving flags as motorcade passes along street. (4 shots)
SV Wreath being laid at mausoleum of Georgi Dimitrov.
SV Husak and other leaders standing in silence (2 shots)
CU Wreath ZOOM out to SV.
SV Husak and party into building.
SV Husak into room and greeted by Bulgarian leader.
SV Husak and party with Bulgarians seated.
SV Husak receiving medal from Bulgarian.
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Background: A top-level delegation of Czechoslovak Party and Government leaders arrived in Sofia yesterday (Monday) on an official visit to Bulgaria. A group of senior Bulgarian officials, headed by Prime Minister and First Secretary Todor Zhivkov greeted the visitors at Sofia airport.
The visiting delegation is headed by Dr. Gustav Husak, the First Secretary of the Czechoslovak Party, and includes Dr. Luhomir Strougal, the Prime Minister, Presidium Member Vasil Bilak, Foreign Minister Jan Marko and Mr Vaclav David, Czechoslovak ambassador to Bulgaria.
After the airport ceremony, the Czechoslovak visitors laid a wreath and stood in silence at the Mausoleum of Georgi Dimitrov, the Bulgarian Communist statesman, who died in 1943. Dimitrov, who achieved world fame when he was accused of the Reichstag fire in Berlin in 1933, and later acquitted, became Bulgarian Prime Minister in 1945 and presided over the country's switch to Communism.
Dr. Husak and his party were then received by Prime Minister Zhivkov and the Bulgarian Head of State, Mr. Georgi Traikov, and were presented with medals for their "great merits in the struggle against fascism, the building of socialism and the extending of Bulgarian Czechoslovak friendship." Then the two groups of leaders settled down for talks in a "cordial and friendly atmosphere".