Military delegations from two of Africa's 'Frontline' states -- Mozambique and Tanzanian -- have made recent and separate visits to East Germany.
SV INTERIOR East German military officers at table
SV Military delegation from Mozambique at table
GV ZOOM INTO East German leader General Heinz Kessler speaking
SV PAN ALONG Mozambique delegation during talks
GV Tanzanian delegation at table talking with East German officers, headed by Kessler
SV Kessler speaking ZOOM INTO Tanzanian Deputy Defence Minister Seif Bakar as Kessler continues speaking (2 SHOTS)
CU PAN ALONG Tanzanian delegation and GV during talks (2 SHOTS)
East Germany's official ADN news agency said on Tuesday (30 October) that Herr Honecker had praised the Tanzanian military visit, saying it marked growing links between the two countries and their armies. Reuters reported that visits to East German military bases by foreign defence ministers were usually used to demonstrate the capabilities of certain field weapons.
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Background: Military delegations from two of Africa's 'Frontline' states -- Mozambique and Tanzanian -- have made recent and separate visits to East Germany. Mozambique's acting defence minister, Armando Guebuza, led his delegation which arrived in East Berlin on October the twenty-third. The following day, the Tanzanian military officers arrived, led by deputy defence minister Seif Bakar.
SYNOPSIS: East German military officers met first with the Mozambique party, which was to stay several days and visit East German military establishments.
Presiding at the talks for the East German group was Generaloberst Heinz Kessler.
East Germany, one of Mozambique's closest military allies, has already, according to informed sources, sent her weapons and military advisers to help build up Mozambique's national army.
The Tanzanians, seen here meeting with the East German officers, are prominent among the 'Frontline' states which give military support to the guerrilla forces of the Rhodesian Patriotic Front. East Germany gives the Patriotic Front material aid and showed Front's co-leader Joshua Nkomo modern combat weapons during his visit there last June. The head of the Tanzanian delegation, Mr. Seif Bakar, also held talks with the East German leader, Herr Erich Honecker, on Tuesday (30 October). While these talks proceeded, the Patriotic Front leaders were in London bickering with the British government over details on bringing peace to Zimbabwe Rhodesia.