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    M. William Tolbert, the President of Liberia, is in Greece to hold talks with the?

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    M. William Tolbert, the President of Liberia, is in Greece to hold talks with the Government aimed at achieving closer co-operation between the two countries.

    Liberia is likely to seek technical help from Greece for its economic development plans. It is also interested in attracting Greek investment to Liberia, and using Greek expertise in cresting a thriving tourist industry.

    The Greek Government has been trying to extend relations with African and Arab countries where it sees considerable opportunity of exports, investment and technical aid.

    During their meetings, the Liberian and Greek negotiators are also expected to discuss the question of the 1,300 Greek ships which sail under the liberian flag--with particular consideration of insurance for Greek crew members.

    After the official discussions end with a press conference on Wednesday (September 13) President Tolbert will stay in Greece for a private ten-day holiday during which he will visit several islands and archaeological sites.

    SYNOPSIS: A visit to Athens for important talks by M. William Tolbert, the President of Liberia.

    Prime Minster Papadopoulos and the deputy premiers. Mr. Makarezoo and Mr. Pattakos, were waiting to welcome President Tolbert and his wife. When the official talks end on Wednesday, President and Mrs. Tolbert will stay on for a ten-day holiday visiting Greek islands and archaeological sites. The visit is aimed at increasing relations between the two countries. Greece has been trying to cement her friendship with many African and Arab countries, where there appear to be opportunities for Greek investment, sales and technical aid. And Liberia is interested in encouraging Greek investment, as well as using Greek know-how in developing a tourist industry. The two heads of state are also expected to discuss the question of the one thousand, three hundred Greek ships which sail under the Liberian flag--particularly the matter of insurance for Greek crews.

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