President Tito of Yugoslavia - accompanied by his wife Yovanka - arrived in Rome today (Thursday, March 25) to start the first-ever official visit to Italy by a Yugoslav Head of State.
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SV Tito and wife down steps and greeted by President and Mrs. Saragat
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Background: President Tito of Yugoslavia - accompanied by his wife Yovanka - arrived in Rome today (Thursday, March 25) to start the first-ever official visit to Italy by a Yugoslav Head of State. He was met at the airport by President Giuseppe Saragat amid some of the most massive security precautions ever laid on for a visiting dignitary.
Marshal Tito's visit sets the seal on the newly-established good relations between the two countries - long disrupted by their dispute over the territory of Trieste. No mention was made by either President of the brief incident last December when President Tito cancelled his visit to Rome only 15 hours before he was due to depart - after Italian Foreign Minister Aldo Moro made a statement saying that Italy would not renounce its legitimate claims on trieste. Later declarations by the Italian Government, reiterating their firm commitment to existing agreements on the territory, satisfied the Yugoslav Government and president Tito's visit was renegotiated without difficulty.
In spits of the official cordiality, the security precautions were said to be far greater than even those laid on for the visit of U.S. President Nixon last year - and earlier in the day there were reports of bomb explosions at the Yugoslav Consulate in Milan and on the track of the main Trieste-Venice railway line.