Indian President V. V. Giri was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday (25 September) --?
GV PAN DOWN Victory Monument
SV & CU President Giri arrives and is greeted by the Mayor of Addis Ababa before laying wreath on monument (5 shots)
GV Jubilee Palace
CU INT Giri with Haile Selassie and Ministers form both countries (3 shots)
GV PAN & SV Guests seated at banquet (6 shots)
SCU President and Emperor toasting each other.
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Background: Indian President V. V. Giri was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday (25 September) -- part of a four-day state visit as the guest of Emperor Haile Selassie.
After a ceremony at Victory Monument where the Indian President laid a wreath, the two leaders held the first of their official talks. The talks are reported to have covered the expulsion of Asians by Uganda and the conflict between Uganda and Tanzania.
In the evening a state banquet was held in honour of President Giri. Emperor Haile Selassie, addressing the gathering, said that Ethiopia wanted to co-operate with India in promoting the policy of non-alignment and in fostering greater Afro-Asion solidarity.
The Indian President's visit to Ethiopia is the first leg of a three-nation Africa tour.
SYNOPSIS: Victory Monument in Addis Ababa was the site Monday of a wreath laying ceremony by a visiting head of state. Indian President V.V. Giri was on a four-day state visit to Ethiopia -- the first stop on a three-nation Africa tour. The ceremony was the first event of a day in which the Indian President and Emperor Haile Selassie would be holding the first of a series of official talks and attend a state banquet.
The talks between the two heads of state were held in Jubilee Palace. The conversations are reported to have covered the expulsion of Asians form Uganda and the conflict between Uganda and Tanzania. Also sitting in on the meeting was Ethiopian Prime Minister Aklilou Abte Wold and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Minseie Haile, as well as other Ethiopian and Indian ministers.
That evening the ministers were once again gathered along with other dignitaries at a state banquet in honour of President Giri. It was at this gathering that Emperor Haile Selassie said that Ethiopia wanted to co-operate with India in promoting the policy of non-alignment and in fostering greater Afro-Asian.
Following his visit to Ethiopia President Giri continued on to Tanzania, the next stop on his African tour.