President Luis de Almeida Cabral of Guinea Bissau arrived int he Congo on Tuesday (5 June) on a twenty-four hour official visit for talks with President Denis Sassou-Nguesso.
SV Two Presidents walking across tarmac. President Luis de Almeida Cabral of Guinea Bissau in black suit, and President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Congo in light suit
SV Guard of honour AND PAN TO two Presidents standing to attention during the national anthems (2 shots)
SV President Cabral
SV President Sassou-Nguesso
SV & PAN Two men inspecting guard of honour
SV & GV Band playing as President Cabral is presented with a memento of his visit (2 shots)
SV Two Presidents kissing each other, and Cabral boards plane to depart
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Background: President Luis de Almeida Cabral of Guinea Bissau arrived int he Congo on Tuesday (5 June) on a twenty-four hour official visit for talks with President Denis Sassou-Nguesso. The two leaders discussed relations between their countries and recent major political developments in Africa.
SYNOPSIS: President Cabral, wearing a black suit, was accompanied to Brazzaville Airport by President Sassou-Nguesso after their day of negotiations. The Guinea Bissau leader was on his way to Mozambique for a summit meeting of former Portuguese colonies. Guinea Bissau was the first of Portugal's African dependencies to gain independence. The Lisbon government is keen to help Guinea Bissau develop its oil and aluminium bauxite reserves, which are among the country's few natural resources. President Cabral's visit to the Congo followed his recent stay in Zambia when he had talks with President Kenneth Kaunda.
President Sassou-Nguesso presented Cabral with a memento of his visit to Brazzaville. President Sassou-Nguesso emerged as the new Congolese leader in April, following a power struggle within the country's Marxist government. He was elected to a five-year term of office as Head of State, Secretary General of the ruling Communist Party's Central Committee and head of the ten-man Politburo. Since becoming President, he's pledged to steer the Congo towards a stricter form of Marxist government, but he says he intends to maintain good relations with European countries and develop closer ties with other African nations.