The Shah of Iran and his wife Empress Farah, arrived in Warsaw on Monday (22nd August) for a five-day official visit to Poland.
The Shah of Iran and his wife Empress Farah, arrived in Warsaw on Monday (22nd August) for a five-day official visit to Poland. Mutal trade between the two countries is expected to dominate the talks between the Shah and Polish leaders.
SYNOPSIS: The Shah was welcomed at ???weder Palace in Warsaw by the Polish President Henryk Jablonski. The polish press greeted the Shah's arrival with favourable front page coverage. Its his third visit to Poland since 1969.
Although, as was noted by Polish Newspapers Teheran and Uarsaw hold differing points of view on most international problems, trade between the two countries has been increasing rapidly. Poland is now Iran's third largest trading partner in eastern Europe.
Most of the Shah's discussions will be with the Polish Communist Party chief Edward Gierek.
Mr. Gierek is pressing for a change in the structure of Iranian exports and is proposing to buy fixed annual quotas of 400,000 tonnes of Iranian crude oil.
At a state dinner Monday (22nd August) the Shah said he saw no reason why states with different political and economic systems should not cooperate.
The Shah told his hosts that he was happy at the increasing trade between Poland and Iran.
Before resuming his talks on Thursday (25th August) with Mr. Gierek, the Shah and Empress Farah will visit Roznan and the Baltic coast Port of Gdansk, where much of Poland's heavy industry and trade is carried on.
On Friday, (26th August) the Iranian leader will leave Poland for Czechoslovakia for a four-day state visit at the invitation of President Gustav Husak.