The East German leader Erich Honecker, on a tour of Far Eastern countries, arrived on Tuesday (6 December) in the Philippines for a three-day official visit.
The East German leader Erich Honecker, on a tour of Far Eastern countries, arrived on Tuesday (6 December) in the Philippines for a three-day official visit. It is the first time an East German head of state has visited the Philippines since diplomatic relations were established four years ago. Herr Honecker flew to Manila from Vietnam, where he had signed a 25-year treaty of friendship and co-operation.
SYNOPSIS: Herr Honecker was met at the airport by President Ferdinand Marcos. It is the latest stage in the most extensive foreign tour ever undertaken by an East German leader. In his address of welcome, President Marcos described the visit as a great contribution to peace and co-operation in the world. Observers say the arrival of Herr Honecker is part of the Philippines government's policy of widening its relations with both East and West. Later the two leaders discussed a new trade agreement. Normally, East Germany takes less than five percent of its imports from developing countries and sends about the same fraction of her total exports to them. Under the new trade agreement, the number of products that could be exchanged has been extended.