INTRODUCTION: U.S. Vice-President Walter Mondale began a two-day visit to Belgrade on Friday (20 May),?
INTRODUCTION: U.S. Vice-President Walter Mondale began a two-day visit to Belgrade on Friday (20 May), and immediately pledged his country's support for Yugoslavia's independence. Mr. Mondale was speaking at Belgrade airport as he arrived for talks with President Tito - following his meetings with South African Prime Minister John Voster in Vienna.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Mondale received a warm welcome when was met by his Yugoslav counterpart. Vice-President Steven Duronjski. The American is on the fourth-leg of a 10-day tour of European nations.
Mr. Mondale's visit is the first high-level contact between Yugoslavia and the Carter administration. According to Yugoslav officials, the U.S. Vice-President will be meeting with President Tito on Saturday (20 May) to discuss world problems including East-West detent and the situation in Africa and the Middle East. Among other major topics of discussion the Belgrade meeting next month to assess what progress has been made since the 1975 Helsinki European Security Conference; and Mr. Mondale's talks this week with South African Prime Minister Vorster.
On bilateral subjects, the two leaders are expected to provide a solution to the delay in deliveries of American equipment for Yugoslavia's first nuclear power plant. After Belgrade, Mr. Mondale continues his tour-next stop London.