President Carter's special envoy to Somalia has left Mogadishu saying he believes relations between the United States and the socialist Indian Ocean state are entering a new and positive phase.
MV INT Envoy Richard Moose seated with Somali protocol official at airport.
GV EXT Aircraft on Tarmac
SCU Moose and Somali official walk across Tarmac
MV US Flag on aircraft tail
MV Moose shakes hands, turns and climbs into plane
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Background: President Carter's special envoy to Somalia has left Mogadishu saying he believes relations between the United States and the socialist Indian Ocean state are entering a new and positive phase.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Richard Moose, who is the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, looked tired and worn at the end of his six-days of consultation with Somali officials and President Siad Barre. Newsmen in Mogadishu said negotiations between Mr. Moose and the Somali leader had been tough.... on a number of occasions the sessions had gone on well into the early hours. The Assistant Secretary, accompanied by three aids, had been in Somalia to discuss relations between the two countries and the situation in the Horn of Africa following the defeat of Somali forces by Russian and Cuban-backed Ethiopians in the Ogaden war.
Before leaving for Kenya, Mr. Moose wouldn't give details of his talks, but they're believed to have centred on Somalia's acute need for economic and military assistance. But America has said there'll be no military or economic aid at all unless Somalia commits itself to not dishonouring her international boundaries with Ethiopia and Kenya. The Somali leadership is said to be against giving any such commitment.