Polish Communist Party Chief Edward Gierek began talks with President Tito of Yugoslavia soon after arriving at Ljubljana Airport on Friday (4 May).
GV & SV Tito & wife arrive by car at Ljublijana airport (3 shots)
MV Dolanc greets Tito & wife
MV Tito & wife waiting
GV Guard of honour
SV Gierek & wife out of plane & greeted by Tito & wife (3 shots)
MV Gierek meeting Yugoslavian VIP's
SV PAN Tito & Gierek past camera
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Background: Polish Communist Party Chief Edward Gierek began talks with President Tito of Yugoslavia soon after arriving at Ljubljana Airport on Friday (4 May). The two leaders drove form the airport to the small north Slovenian village of Brde where their discussions centred on strengthening economic ties between their tow countries.
Madam Tito accompanied her husband when they greeted Mr. and Mrs. Gierek at the airport. Several other leading Yugoslav officials were also present. After the formal greetings, President Tito and Mr. Gierek drove in a motorcade along crowd lined roads to the small village where the important talks were quickly got underway.
Mr. Gierek, after several hours of talks, said that Yugoslavia had a common cause with Poland in contributing to the position of world communism. He praised the widening of Yugoslav relations with the Soviet Bloc countries of Eastern Europe.
President Tito, who has steered Yugoslavia along an independent course of foreign and domestic policies since he broke with Stalin in 1948, reiterated that his country was a non-aligned communist country maintaining relations through the world.
In an interview with Belgrade Television Mr. Gierek said he and President Tito covered all major problems during talks held in Warsaw almost a year ago and there was nothing that could lead to serious differences.
BilatEral economic relations were strong, but could still be expanded in the area of non-ferrous metals such as aluminium, he added.
Mr. Gierek stressed that the two countries adhered to different international outlooks, Poland as a member of the Warsaw Pact and Yugoslavia as a non-aligned nation, but this did nasion mean that independent of the Warsaw Pact and Atlantic Alliances one could not look for areas for international co-operation.