President Eanes of Portugal is undertaking an historic tour of the American continent. The tour?
GV Portuguese President Ramalho Antonio Eanes walks down aircraft steps and is greeted by Venezuelan President Carlos Andres Perez
SV & GV Cameraman filming a??? Eanes and Perez stand for national anthems
GV Eanes and Perez walk towards guard of honour
GV Eanes and Perez inspect guard of honour
GV Airport building with banner welcoming President Eanes
GV Eanes meets officials
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Background: President Eanes of Portugal is undertaking an historic tour of the American continent. The tour began with a visit to the former portuguese colony of the Cape Verde Islands. This was the first visit by a Portuguese president to a former colony since the granting of freedom after the Portuguese revolution four years ago. The President's next port of call was Brazil; and on Saturday (27 May) he arrived in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.
SYNOPSIS: Waiting at the Simon Bolivar International Airport to greet the Portuguese president was his Venezuelan counterpart President Carlos Andres Perez. President Eanes was accompanied by his wife Senora Maria Manuela Neto de Eanes, his Foreign Minister Victor Sa Machado and a group of senior economists and political advisors.
This was the first high-level contact between the two governments since the fall of the Caetano regime in Portugal in 1974. One of the main topics of conversation was expected to be the welfare of the 100,000 Portuguese immigrant workers currently resident in Venezuela. In Brazil President Eanes had discussed the plight of Brazilian Portuguese immigrants with President Geisel. The Venezuelan and Portuguese were also expected to sign agreements covering technical cooperation and labour and welfare questions.
During the airport arrival ceremony, President Eanes inspected a guard of honour of the Venezuelan armed forces. The portuguese President was due to spend three days in Venezuela after which he was scheduled to fly to the United States where he will be attending meetings both of NATO and the United Nations General Assembly.