President Carter has called on rich and poor countries to stop blaming themselves for the world's economic situation.
GV: President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn and daughter Amy, walk down plane steps and are greeted by Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez at Caracas Airport.
GV: The two presidents walking through crowd and waving.
SV: President Carter laying wreath.
GV: The two presidents shake hands with crowds.
SCU: President Carter addressing Venezuelan Congress.
CARTER: "We share three common goals: first, to accelerate world economic growth through greater involvement of the developing nations; for their progress is essential to global prosperity for us all. Second, to make the most beneficial use of the world's greatest wealth - its human potential. Third, to ensure that all nations participate truly in basic decision about international economic and political affairs. Only by acting together can we expand trade and investment in order to create more jobs, to curb inflation, and to raise the standard of living of our peoples."
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Background: President Carter has called on rich and poor countries to stop blaming themselves for the world's economic situation. He was speaking during his one-day visit to Venezuela on Wednesday (29 March), the first leg of a trip to several countries in Latin American and Africa.
SYNOPSIS: President Carter, his wife Rosalynn and daughter Amy, stepped from the Presidential jet at Caracas airport to be greeted by Venezuela's President Andres Perez. President Carter's trip was aimed at reaching agreement on several issues, including oil prices. Venezuela exports huge amounts of oil the United States, and has been pushing for a price rise because of inflation, and the fall of the U.S. dollar. President Carter's tight schedule allowed him time for ceremonial duty and for lengthy talks. They reached agreement on human rights, on limiting the spread of nuclear weapons, and on the need for more foreign afd. Later, President Carter addressed the Venezuelan Congress.