President Josip Tito of Yugoslavia arrived in Algeria on Monday (28 May) for talks with Algerian President Chadli Benjedid.
President Josip Tito of Yugoslavia arrived in Algeria on Monday (28 May) for talks with Algerian President Chadli Benjedid. Their talks, which began the following day, were believed to centre on next month's meeting of Non-Aligned Foreign Ministers in Colombo, and the Non-Aligned summit, to be held in Havana in September.
SYNOPSIS: President Benjedid had invited President Tito to make the visit, and he led the welcoming party at algiers Airport. Beforehand, the Foreign Ministries of both countries had stressed a number of similarities between Yugoslavia and Algeria, which declare themselves to be 'close and friendly'. Both, they say, are Mediterranean nations, non-aligned, stable, and have collaborated in a wide range of issues.
The Yugoslav Foreign Affairs secretariat said the aims and policies of Non-alignment were powerful bonds which had played an important part in forging political and economic links between them. They also profess identical, or very close positions on a number of other issues in global politics. This similarity of attitude they attribute to the similarity of historical experience in the development of both nations. And extension of bilateral relations was apparently to be discussed as well.
Reuters news agency quoted Yugoslav sources on Tuesday (29 May) after the first talks between the two presidents and their foreign ministers, as saying President Tito was concerned about strains on the unity of the non-aligned movement. He was said to have especially deplored the growing isolation of Egypt, a founder member of the movement, by other Arab nations who opposed the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. Some reports say Egypt's representatives at the Colombo conference may be merely 'observers'.