President Salvador Allende of Chile's departure from Rabat, Morocco, was delayed for several hours on Sunday(December 10) after his Soviet airliner broke down.
President Salvador Allende of Chile's departure from Rabat, Morocco, was delayed for several hours on Sunday(December 10) after his Soviet airliner broke down. His scheduled refuelling stop there after a flight from Kiev, in the Soviet Union, stretched into a 15-hour stay while he waited for a replacement aircraft to take him on the next stage of his tour, to Havana in Cuba.
The Chilean president, the western world's first democratically-elected Marxist leader, had been to Moscow via New York -- where he made him a 90-minute speech at the United Nations General Assembly which earned him a rare one-minute standing ovation -- and was stopping off in Cuba on his way home to Santiago, the Chilean capital. He had also visited Algeria.
At Rabat, he was met by Moroccan dignitaries led by prince Moulay Abdallah, brother or King Hassan, and Premier Ahmed Osman.
SYNOPSIS: President Allende of Chile, reviewing a guard of honour in Rabat during a refuelling stopover on his way from the Soviet Union to Havana, Cuba. But his stop-over stretched into a fifteen-hour stay after his Soviet airliner broke down, and he was obliged to wait for a replacement from Moscow.
Moroccan Prime Minister Ahmed Osmen was there to greet him along with King Hassan's brother, Prince Moulay Abdallah. Later, while waiting for his replacement aircraft, President Allende was accommodated in the Royal guest house adjoining the airport.
The broker-down aircraft had been loaned to President Allende for his tour. It took him to New York -- where he made a standing-ovation speech at the United Nations -- and Moscow, where he conferred with Soviet leaders during his four-day visit. He'd also visited Algeria, and Cuba was his last scheduled stop before returning to Chile.