President Muammar Gaddafi of the Libyan Jamahiriya has been visiting East Germany while on his current tour of Soviet Bloc capitals.
President Muammar Gaddafi of the Libyan Jamahiriya has been visiting East Germany while on his current tour of Soviet Bloc capitals. The East Germany News Agency ADN described Colonel Gaddafi's arrival on Monday (26 June) as a further contribution to the anti-imperialist struggle in the Middle East and Africa.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Gaddafi was welcomed at East Berlin airport by the East German Head of State and Communist Party leader, Mr. Erich Honecker. It was Colonel Gaddafi's first visit to East Germany, and the highest-level contact between the two states since the East German Politburo's senior expert on African affairs, Mr. Werner Lamberz, was killed in a Libyan helicopter crash in March.
Reuters News Agency says the Libyan Jamahiriya and East Germany are already among the most active foreign supporters of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) and black nationalist movements in Southern Africa. At a dinner following his arrival Colonel Gaddafi called for a doubling of aid to liberation movements in the Middle East and Africa.
The two leaders were met by cheering crowds at the airport. Colonel Gaddafi later said it was the job of his country and East Germany to Strengthen the defence capability of progressive forces, particularly in Africa. He said the two countries must double their aid to the national liberation movements in Palestine and Africa, as it was particularly relevant to their struggle at its present stage.
Colonel Gaddafi declared that East Germany and the Libyan Jamahiriya were united in the will to strengthen the joint activities of the socialist community.
The Libyan leader was honoured with a full military welcome by East German troops.
Speaking after the ceremony Colonel Gaddafi accused the West of seeking to internationalise conflicts in Africa. But he said East Germany's own support for movements in Africa stood in harmony with self-determination for the continent's people.