In London....the Liberian head of state, President William Tolbert, has been taking a personal interest?
SV: President Tolbert and wife gets out of car and is greeted by the Queen and Princess Margaret
GV: Buckingham Palace Guards
GV: Tolbert inspects guard of honour
SV: Tolbert salutes to captain of the guard and walks back to talk to the Queen standing with his wife, and proceed into the Place.
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Background: In London....the Liberian head of state, President William Tolbert, has been taking a personal interest in the talks on Zimbabwe Rhodesia. He is making a three-day official visit to the United Kingdom, during which President Tolbert hopes he will secure better trading arrangements between the two countries. After meeting the Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher, and Patriotic Front leaders in London for the peace talks, President Tolbert visited Queen Elizabeth.
SYNOPSIS: The President was met at the most famous of London's homes.... Buckingham Palace...by the Queen and the Queen's sister Princess Margaret. Doctor Tolbert is the current chairman of the Organisation of African Unity and both British and Libyan officials have indicated the timing of his arrival could be significant in the difficult closing stages of the Zimbabwe Rhodesia peace talks.
The visit to the Queen's official London residence was made on the second day of the President's stay in the city. President Tolbert earlier condemned cross-border raids by the Zimbabwe Rhodesian forces. Progress at the Zimbabwe Rhodesia peace talks in London had been delayed over arrangements for a ceasefire between the national Front and the Salisbury forces.
However, the President says he's confident the London talks will succeed.
There are also economic reasons for Dr. Tolbert's visit. Liberia is seeking increased British investment and the government also wants Britain to buy more from Liberia Dr Tolbert was scheduled to meet businessmen, when he was expected to explain Liberia's liberal investment policies and the absence of foreign exchange controls. There are also incentives to set up joint ventures in Liberia. Liberian officials said there had been several enquiries from British businessmen about investment including in the field of tourism.