A yugoslav delegation, led Mr. Fadilj Hodza, a member of his country's nine-man collective state?
GV: Airliner taxiing at Libreville airport.
SV: Gabon Prime Minister Leon Mebaime walks out towards aircraft.
SV: Yugoslav collective presidency member Fadilj Hodza off aircraft and greeted by Mr. Mebaime.
SV: Mr. Hodza shaking hands with Mr. Mebaime and members of welcoming party. (TWO SHOTS)
GV: Motorcade leaves airport.
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Background: A yugoslav delegation, led Mr. Fadilj Hodza, a member of his country's nine-man collective state presidency, arrived in Gabon on Sunday (20 November) for bilateral talks.
SYNOPSIS: The delegation left belgrade in mid-November to visit the Congo, Zaire, Gabon and Cameroun. Gabon's Prime Minister and President of the National Consultative Council, Monsieur Leon Mebaime, led the welcoming committee for the Yugoslav party.
Mr. Hodza represents Yugoslavia's Kosovo region in the collective presidency. His talks in Gabon were to cover the international situation, bilateral co-operation and activities of non-aligned countries. Independent of east and west, Yugoslavia is considered the leader of the third-world movement.
At present, Yugoslavia is showing strong interest in Africa. Two days before Mr. Hodza's delegation set off, Yugoslavia's Minister of Industry and Energy, Mr. Dusan Ilijevic left for an official visit to Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda. The West African countries of Zaire, the Congo and Gabon are important for their rich mineral deposits.Gabon has made strong economic advances in the past decade through exploitation of her major resources - uranium, manganese and petroleum.