President Josip Tito of Yugoslavia has been in Portugal on his first official visit there for talks aimed at strengthening the already good relations between the two countries.
President Josip Tito of Yugoslavia has been in Portugal on his first official visit there for talks aimed at strengthening the already good relations between the two countries. Portugal's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Senhor Jora Lima, says the visit reflects the 'excellent relations' between Portugal and Yugoslavia.
SYNOPSIS: The two countries have already signed accords of co-operation in the areas of commerce, tourism and air transport. They also have an established trading relations, currently under review. President Tito arrived in Lisbon from a two-day visit to France, and was met by Portuguese President Antonio Ramalho Eanes. The Yugoslav leader was not accompanied by his Wife, whose recent public absences from his side have led to speculation about her health or possible political disfavour.
President Tito was due to hold talks with President Eanes during his visit on a wide-ranging and economic issues, according to news reports out of the Portuguese capital. The 85-year-old Yugoslav leader stopped off in Portugal last year on his way back from a Latin-American tour - but the current visit is his first official one there.
According to a Yugoslav Embassy spokesman in Portugal, both countries believe that a 'new economic order' is imperative, and President Tito was expected to brief President Eanes on developments within the third world Non-Aligned Movement. Yugoslavia is one of the Movement's leaders, and Portugal has attended past Non-Aligned meeting as an observer.