The President of Senegal, Leopold Senghor, began a five day visit to Yugoslavia on Saturday (30 August).
The President of Senegal, Leopold Senghor, began a five day visit to Yugoslavia on Saturday (30 August). Following a vacation in France, he flew into Ljubljana Airport then went directly to lunch with Yugoslavian President Tito, who invited President Senghor to make the visit.
At the castle he found a waiting guard of honour and met important officials. President Senghor is travelling with his wife and son as well as some top government officials.
In a statement following the luncheon, President Senghor said his country had much in common with Yugoslavia and could profit from Yugoslavia's experience in developing a socialist society.
He also called for a federation of Israel and a Palestinian Arab state and the unification of the rival liberation movements in Angola.
It's expected the outcome of the recent meeting of non-aligned nations in Peru will be an important subject of discussions between the two Presidents. President Senghor sounded that note when he said that it was necessary to establish a new world economic order and called for a resumption of the conference on raw materials between developed and developing countries.
While in Yugoslavia, President Senghor will also receive a prize for his poetry -- the Golden Garland for Poetry awarded by the Struga Evening of Poetry, a festival in progress during his visit.
SYNOPSIS: In Yugoslavia, at President Tito's castle at Brdo, an honour guard awaited the arrival of President Leopold Senghor of Senegal on Saturday as he began a five-day state visit. The visit will be a mixture of business and pleasure.
On the business side, President Senghor is expected to discuss with President Tito the just finished conference of non-aligned nations in Peru. Shortly after his arrival he called for a federation of Israel and a Palestinian Arab State...and also for the unification of rival Angolan liberation groups into a single socialist movement.
He also said Senegal could learn much from Yugoslavia on how to develop a socialist society. On the pleasure side, President Senghor will receive a prize for his poetry at the Struga Festival ... the Golden Garland for Poetry ... and see a film on his own work.