East German leader Erich Honecker arrived in the Libyan Jamahiriyah on Thursday (15 February) at the start of a four-nation tour of Africa.
SV PAN: East German leader Erich Honecker down aircraft steps and greeted by libyan Jamahiriyah leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi.
SV: Honecker receives bouquet and kisses child.
GV military band plays.
GV AND SV: Gaddafi and Honecker mount podium and salute soldiers. (3 shots)
GV: Gaddafi and Honecker inspect guard of honour.
SV: Honecker mobbed by welcoming crowds.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: East German leader Erich Honecker arrived in the Libyan Jamahiriyah on Thursday (15 February) at the start of a four-nation tour of Africa. The East German Communist Party chief is also scheduled to visit Angola, Zambia and Mozambique.
SYNOPSIS: Herr Honecker arrived to a rapturous reception at Tripoli airport, where he was welcomed to the country and to the continent, by Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, the Libyan leader. It was a return visit as Colonel Gaddafi was Herr Honecker's guest in East Germany last summer.
After the usual airport formalities for a visiting head of State, herr Honecker said his visit was a good opportunity to reinforce the bonds of friendship and co-operation between the two peoples. He added that the Libyan and East German peoples shared common ground in their struggle against all forms of racism and imperialism and their search for peace and disarmament. But the two states are not as close as they might at first seem. Colonel Gaddafi, who seized power in an army coup nine years ago, says his system is better than capitalism or communism. He aims at creating a sate where there will be neither profit nor money.
The East German Communist Party chief is accompanied on his tour by a high-level delegation, including premier Willi Stoph and Foreign Minister Oskar Fisher. But it was Herr Honecker who received the hero's welcome.