Zimbabwe Rhodesian Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa is in the United States on a private visit as guest of Republican Senator Jesse Williams.
GV: Zimbabwe Rhodesian Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa and officials walking through airport lounge and being greeted by U.S. officials. (2 shots)
CU: Muzorewa speaking to newsmen.
GV: Muzorewa walking across pavement and getting into car with officials watching.
MUZOREWA: "At this stage I just want you to know that it is wonderful to come back to the united states which I believe I can count as a second home, having stayed here for five years, the only country outside mine which I have lived that long -- and looking forward to meeting the appropriate people here. I think that's all I can say at the moment and hope to see you when the (indistinct) is announced or a conference."
REPORTER: "Can you say what you hope to accomplish?"
MUZOREWA: "I hope to bring bombshell of truth to all those who care to listen and I hope that they will respond."
The Carter administration has described the recent elections is Zimbabwe Rhodesia as a significant step towards genuine majority rule, but fought hard last month to prevent Congress form lifting trade sanctions. Bishop Muzorewa returns to London on Thursday(12 July) for talks with british Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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Background: Zimbabwe Rhodesian Prime Minister Bishop Abel Muzorewa is in the United States on a private visit as guest of Republican Senator Jesse Williams. It is the Bishop's first overseas trip since becoming Prime Minister and on his arrival in Washington, on Monday (9 July) he promised a 'bombshell of truth' on Zimbabwe Rhodesia for all Americans who would listen.
SYNOPSIS: After greetings at the airport, Bishop Muzorewa embarked on a busy schedule of engagements. He described his trip as an effort to make progress towards international recognition for the new multi-racial government in Zimbabwe Rhodesia. He is also pressing for the removal of trade sanctions. The Bishop is seeing secretary of state, Cyrus Vance, talking to members of Congress, meeting newspaper editors and appearing on television during his stay. At the airport he spoke to newsmen.
The White House says it's uncertain whether President Carter -- who is holding crucial talks at Camp David, will be able to meet Bishop Muzorewa.