INTRODUCTION: President Hassan Gouled Aptidon of Djibouti arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday (15 March) for a six-day visit to Ethiopia.
GV Addis Ababa airport, women dancing.
GV Chairman Mengistu and wife arrive at airport.
GV Aircraft bringing President Gouled taxiing, SV Mengistu walks forward. (2 SHOTS)
GV Gouled leaves aircraft, greeted by Mengistu, GV crowd look on. (2 SHOTS)
GV Gouled, Mengistu and party stand and wave to crowd, GV guard of honour. (2 SHOTS)
GV Gouled shakes hands with officials, GV PAN crowd wave flags. (2 SHOTS)
GV Gouled and Mengistu on rostrum, PULL BACK TO GV troops marching past.
TRACKING SHOT PAST Crowd lining street
GV Gouled and Mengistu in car waving to crowd.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Hassan Gouled Aptidon of Djibouti arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday (15 March) for a six-day visit to Ethiopia. It is the first official visit he has made abroad since he became President of the newly-independent Djibouti nearly four years ago.
SYNOPSIS: A full scale state welcome had been arranged for President Gouled and his wife, including a performance by dancers from the Ethiopian National Theatre. The visitors were coming at the invitation of Comrade Chairman Mengistu Haile Mariam and the Ethiopian Head of State was also at the airport to meet his guests.
Before leaving Djibouti, President Gouled had given an interview to the Ethiopian News Agency, in which he said he was sure that his visit would further enhance the exemplary relations between two countries, which had a long-established understanding and respect for each other.
He also believed that the visit would continue towards improving relations between neighbouring states in East Africa. Djibouti - a former French territory - lies on Ethiopia's Eastern seaboard, and also has a common frontier with Somalia.
Colonel Mengistu has just received the Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity, Dr. Siaka Stevens. President Gouled has seen the Foreign Minister of Somalia. The French Minister of State, Monsieur Olivier Stirn, has recently been in both Djibouti and Ethiopia. These moves have led to reports of a new peace initiative for the Horn of Africa, backed by France.