INTRODUCTION: The Portuguese Foreign Minister, Dr. Jose Medeioos Ferreira, arrived in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, on Monday?
INTRODUCTION: The Portuguese Foreign Minister, Dr. Jose Medeioos Ferreira, arrived in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, on Monday (10 January) at the start of the first visit by a Portuguese foreign minister to Communist Yugoslavia. Yugoslavia under the leadership of President Tito, had never had diplomatic relations with the Salazar regime in the Portugal, and did not recognize the country until the revolution of April, 1974.
SYNOPSIS: On Wednesday (12 January) Dr Ferreira visited the L.E.K. pharmaceutical factory in Ljubljana, which is one of the most advanced pharmaceutical factories in the country. Dr Ferreira had talks with factory managers and went on a tour of the production areas. He was invited to Yugoslavia by his counterpart, Mr. Milos Minic.
Earlier, Dr Ferreira and Mr Minic had talked about trade and economic co-operation between their two countries. In a joint communique, they called for expansion of bilateral trade and economic ties.
The two ministers stressed the need for systematic efforts by their governments to increase trade and economic co-operation, as well as to improve co-operation in science, culture and tourism. They also discussed major international problems, including European security.
Dr Ferreira said, as an example Yugoslavia could export meat and maize to Portugal, while Portugal exported technology to Yugoslavia. It's hoped relations between the two countries will improve because of the visit.