Leaving behind a somewhat fraught situation in Ecuador, Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende continued his three-nation tour by starting a state visit to Colombia yesterday (Saturday).
Leaving behind a somewhat fraught situation in Ecuador, Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende continued his three-nation tour by starting a state visit to Colombia yesterday (Saturday). Thousands of Colombians added to the airport welcome, which was led by President Misael Pastrana Borrero. In a brief airport speech, President Allende said he was not undertaking the four-day official visit as a representative of a political faction, but rather as a representative of his government and people.
Earlier, President Allende had cut short his schedule in Ecuador because of a leg ailment. Doctors advised him to rest. But there were reports that the possibility of left-wing demonstrations in support of the Chilean leader was a source of worry and possible embarrassment to Ecuador's conservative government.
SYNOPSIS: At Bogota airport, thousands of Colombians prepare a rousing reception for Chile's Marxist President Salvador Allende, who flew in at the start of a four-day official visit on Saturday. It was part of a current three-nation tour.
President Allende led the Chilean party from the aircraft. Observers noted he was limping slightly. Earlier, his visit to Ecuador was cut short by a leg ailment.
The Chilean leader was greeted by Colombia's President Misael Pastrana Borrero. President Allende left a somewhat fraught situation behind him in Ecuador. There were reports that the prospect of left-wing demonstrations in support of the Chilean leader were source of embarrassment to Ecuador's government.
In an airport speech in Bogota, President Allende--the West's first freely-elected Marxist head of state--said that he had come to Colombia representing his government and people, not a political faction. Later, after driving in a motorcade through crowds shouting "Long live Chile, Long live Allende", the President visited the Chilean embassy for a rest from his exhausting tour. He is accompanied by his wife, the Chilean Foreign Minister and Army Commander.