Ethiopian Head of State, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam visited Hungary (3 December), to discuss bi-lateral relations and African political issues with Hungarian officials.
GV aircraft taxies in at Budapest airport (TWO SHOTS)
SV Ethiopian Head of State Lieutenant-Colonel Haile Mariam Mengistu steps down from plane
CU Colonel Mengistu is embraced by Hungarian President Pal Losonczi
SV & LV Colonel Mengistu meets other Hungarian officials (TWO SHOTS)
SV & LV crowd wave Hungarian and Ethiopian flags as Colonel Mengistu and President Losonczi inspect The Guard of Honour (TWO SHOTS)
CU Colonel Mengistu receives bouquet of flowers
SV Colonel Mengistu waves as he walks past cheering crowd
SV INTERIOR Colonel Mengistu and President Losonczi entering Nandorfehervar Hall in Hungarian Parliament
LV Ethiopian and Hungarian delegations take place at conference table
CU PULL BACK Colonel Mengistu and Ethiopian delegation
CU PULL BACK President Losonczi and Hungarian delegates sitting opposite Ethiopian delegates
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Background: Ethiopian Head of State, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile Mariam visited Hungary (3 December), to discuss bi-lateral relations and African political issues with Hungarian officials. It was the fourth stop in his East European tour which has taken him to the Soviet Union, East Germany and Czechoslovakia.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Mengistu flew in from Prague where he had issued a joint communique with Czechoslovakia, denouncing China. During his trip to East Germany he accused Peking of supplying arms to Somalia for it's war with Ethiopia.
Hungarian President, Pal Losoncz??? greeted Mengistu and his party at Budapest airport. Government officials and diplomats were also present to welcome the Ethiopians.
Thousands of Budapest workers assembled at the airport - many of them were waving Hungarian and Ethiopian flags. Colonel Mengistu received a bouquet of flowers from a child.
After the airport reception the Ethiopian and Hungarian delegations headed for the Hungarian parliament. Talks between the two countries were described as cordial and friendly. They discussed the political situations in both countries and talked about developing economic co-operation. Colonel Mengistu will visit Yugoslavia, Rumania and Poland on the final leg of his East European Tour.