INTRODUCTION: Somali President Mohammed Siad Barre arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday (2 June) for talks with Nigerian President Shehu Shagari.
GV Siad Barre (in dark suit) descends from aircraft. Greeted by President Shagari (in white robes). Presented with bouquet
GV Flags of two countries (Somali flag on left)
SV Two presidents walk from plane
GV President Barre inspect guard of honour
SV Presidents Barre and Shagari walk past dancers accompanied by officials
SV PAN Car leaving airport
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Somali President Mohammed Siad Barre arrived in Nigeria on Tuesday (2 June) for talks with Nigerian President Shehu Shagari. The two leaders were said to have discussed the possibility of peace prospects in the Horn of Africa, Somalia's refugee problem and bi-lateral issues.
SYNOPSIS: President Barre was welcomed at the airport by President Shagari. He was then presented to cabinet chiefs, ministers, and members of the Nigerian Civil Service. Talks were expected to include ways Nigeria could help Somalia cope with its refugee crisis. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled to Somalia because of the war in the Ogaden. Bi-lateral issues were also discussed.
After a 21-gun salute President Barre inspected a Guard of Honour. It was his first State visit to Nigeria although he was in Lagos last year for an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) special summit. The topics discussed in his current visit were in advance of an OAU meeting in Nairobi later this month. President Barre arrived in Lagos from Washington via Rome.
President Shagari had just returned to Lagos from a summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Sierra Leone and an earlier state visit to Mali. During his visit President Barre visited Nigeria's National 'Arts Theatre and met Culture Minister Paulinus Amadike.