Senegal's President Leopld Senghor arrived in Lisbon on Monday (27 January) to begin an official three-day visit to Portugal -- the first by an African head of state.
MV, SV PAN President Senghor off aircraft, down steps, greeted by President Costa Gomes and walks across tarmac (3 shots)
SV PAN FROM Guard of honour TO Senghor and Costa Gomes
GV TILT DOWN FROM Flag TO march-past as both leaders take salute (2 shots)
GV PAN Cars drive away
GV TILT DOWN EXTERIOR Presidential Palace
MV PAN & SV INT Costa Gomes and Senghor exchange decorations (2 shots)
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Background: Senegal's President Leopld Senghor arrived in Lisbon on Monday (27 January) to begin an official three-day visit to Portugal -- the first by an African head of state. He was welcomed at the airport by Portuguese President Francisco da Costa Gomes, and later met Prime Minister Vasco Goncalves.
President Senghor has long been associated with the movement to decolonise Portugal's African territories. In 1972, he had secret contacts with General Antonio de Spinola, then Governor of Portuguese Guinea (Guinea-Bissau) and later the first Portuguese President following the 1974 April coup. The Senegal head of state attempted to bring about a reconciliation between Portugal and the African nationalist movement fighting to liberate the Guinea territory.
Senegal re-established diplomatic relations with Portugal in September 1974, shortly before the new Portuguese Government formally recognised the independence of the Republic of Guinea Bissau.
President Senghor's visit to Portugal is expected to result in the signing of trade and cultural agreements between the two countries. During his visit, the President is also scheduled to address a conference on Portuguese and black culture.