The Yugoslavian Foreign Minister, Mr. Milos Minic arrived on Thursday (16 March) in the Somalian?
GV Mogadishu airport building
SV ZOOM IN Yugoslav Foreign Minister Mr. Milos Minic down aircraft steps and greeted by Somali officials
SV & GV Party walks across tarmac (2 shots)
President Tito of Yugoslavia was in Washington last week and he and united States President Jimmy Carter issued a joint statement declaring: "The international community should exert greater efforts for securing conditions to maintain the territorial integrity, independence and non-aligned position of these two countries"(Ethiopia and Somalia).
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Background: The Yugoslavian Foreign Minister, Mr. Milos Minic arrived on Thursday (16 March) in the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, for two days of talks with Somali leaders. During the visit, he met the Somali President, Mohamed Siad Barre, and discussed the advantages of a non-aligned international policy. Yugoslavia is an unofficial leader of the world non-aligned movement and observers say Mr. Minic was keen to impress the importance for Somalia of this political concept.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Minic flew in to Mogadishu after two days of talks in Ethiopia. He delivered a message from President Tito for the President of Ethiopia, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam. He also brought a message for the Somali leader from President Tito. After the visit, Mr. Minic was due to fly to the Sudan for talks.
Somalia is involved in political manoeuvring with the United States, the Soviet Union, Arab, and non-aligned countries to forge a new role for itself after the defeat of its forces in the Ogaden war. Observers believe that the United States, which had a high level delegation arriving in Somalia on Saturday (18 March), may be pressing the country to adopt a fairly independent non-aligned approach as it struggles to rebuild its army and economy after the eight-month war.