President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia arrived in London on Friday (10 March) for two days of talks with British Ministers.
GV ZOOM IN TO CU: Yugoslav flag.
SV: British Prime Minister James Callaghan. walking towards plane.
SV: President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia walks down steps of plane and is greeted by Lord Dram, representing Queen Elizabeth, and Prime Minister Callaghan.
SV: President Tito walks across airport tarmac with Mr Callaghan, and is presented with flowers by two Yugoslav Youth Organisation members.
SV: President Tito enters car and drives off. (2 shots)
Britain gave strong support to Marshal Tito's partisans in World War Two, and he was expected to recall his ties with Britain at an informal dinner with Queen Elizabeth on Friday. In trade, Britain's exports to Yugoslavia in 1977 totalled 175 million pounds sterling (about 350 million dollars), while imports from Yugoslavia were valued at some 41 million sterling (about 82 million dollars). Britain exports arms to Yugoslavia, which is not a member of the Warsaw Pact, but a member of the Non-Aligned Movement.
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Background: President Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia arrived in London on Friday (10 March) for two days of talks with British Ministers. The 85-year-old Yugoslav leader had flown in from Washington, where, with President Carter, he had called for a peaceful settlement of the conflict between Ethiopia and Somalia.
SYNOPSIS: It was President Tito's third visit to London in 25 years, and British Prime Minister James Callaghan was at London's Heathrow Airport, when the Yugoslav leader's private plane touched down. President Tito is on the last lap of a world tour, during which he had apparently been seeking support for Yugoslavia's security after his death. He was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth's representative Lord Oram, and Mr Callaghan. In Washington, President Carter had pledged continued United States' support for Yugoslav's independence, territorial integrity and unity. Observers expected Mr Callaghan would give similar assurance of British support for Yugoslavia's non-aligned position.
British officials said that Middle East peace prospects, and the Horn of African conflict would be among key topics for discussion. President Tito has close ties with Arab leaders, and British Ministers will be keen to hear his assessment of Arab-Israeli relations.
When they meet on Saturday, President Tito and Mr Callaghan are expected to range over World and European economic and security issues, especially in light of the meagre results of the 35-state Security Review Conference, now coming to an end in the Yugoslav capital of Belgrade.