The United States Secretary of State Alexander Haig arrived in Portugal on Wednesday (10 February) for a 24-hour visit.
GV U.S. aircraft taxiing on tarmac
CU Photographers on tarmac
GV U.S. Secretary of State, Alexander Haig, comes down aircraft steps with his wife and other officials; they walk from tarmac to airport building (2 shots)
GV Mr. Haig's motorcade leaves airport
GV PAN TO Entrance of conference centre ZOOM INTO Window (2 shots)
CU Mr. Haig speaks in English
TRANSCRIPT: HAIG: (SEQ 6): "It clearly underlines in my view the weakness and incompatability of the current policies of Moscow and Poland and in Afghanistan and in the border areas -- an implementation of human rights obligations and I consider it to have been on a rather unfortunate mis-judgement of weakening non-aligned and western attitudes with respect to these violations."
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Background: The United States Secretary of State Alexander Haig arrived in Portugal on Wednesday (10 February) for a 24-hour visit.
The main purpose of meeting with President Antonio Ramalho Eanes was to seek renewal of the U.S. contract for strategic airbase in the Portuguese Azores Islands. General Haig was also expected to discuss U.S. aid to equip the Portuguese armed forces. The accord for the Lajes base in the Azores, which is of major strategic importance as a 'patrol and refuelling station' in the mid-Atlantic, expires in June 1983 and the U.S. is eager to renew and possibly extend the agreement. As well as holding talks with President Eanes, General Haig was to meet with Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemao and Foreign Minister Concalves Pereira to discuss international issues like the Middle East and Poland. On his arrival, Secretary Haig hit out at what he termed breaches of human rights by Communist nations.