Cuban leader Fidel Castro is currently on a six-week tour of East Europe and the Soviet Union.
SV PAN Castro down aircraft steps and greeted by Ceausescu
SV Castro saluting
CU Welcome banner
SV and Cu Castro and Ceausescu wave and shake hands with crowd (3 shots)
TRAVEL SHOTS Castro waves from open car, motorcade past crowd (2 shots)
CU Rumanian and Cuban flags
SV Castro and Ceausescu wave from balcony to crowd below (3 shots)
CU PAN Gheorghe Maurer to Ceausescu speaking at microphone to crowd below (2 shots)
SV Castro and microphone, Ceausescu shakes his hand as finishes speaking
CASTRO OFF PLANE GREETED BY CEAUSESCU; CASTRO GREETED BY CROWDS MOTORCADE INTO BUCHAREST; CEAUSESCU AND CASTRO SPEAK TO CROWD FROM BALCONY IN BUCHAREST.
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Background: Cuban leader Fidel Castro is currently on a six-week tour of East Europe and the Soviet Union. On Friday (26 May) Dr. Castro arrived in Bucharest, Rumania after a ten-day visit to Bulgaria.
Rumanian President and Communist Party leader Nicolae Ceausescu, and Ion Gheorghe Maurer, Chairman of the Council of Ministers, met Dr. Castro at the airport. After the formal ceremonies, a motorcade took the Cuban leader into Bucharest through cheering crowds.
In Bucharest, both President Ceausescu and Dr. Castro addressed the crowd. They spoke of the evolution of the relation between their two countries and their desire that the peoples of their two countries should develop together. In this way, they said, they would help their interests, the cause of Socialism and world peace.
Dr. Castro's trip is his longest foreign tour since coming to power 13 years ago. His trip has also taken him to two African countries: Guinea and Algeria.