Herr Walter Ulbricht, the East German leader accompanied by a high ranking delegation, was warmly welcomed to Prague on Wednesday (October 21).
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Background: Herr Walter Ulbricht, the East German leader accompanied by a high ranking delegation, was warmly welcomed to Prague on Wednesday (October 21). The East German Head of State was making his first visit to Czechoslovakia since his country joined in the August 1968 Warsaw Pact intervention of that country.
The East Germans began their four day visit a week after Czechoslovakia's first working contacts with a West German representative, the first step towards an improvement of relations between Bonn and Prague.
Herr Ulbricht was warmly greeted at the airport by students, workers and pensioners who waved East German flags.
In his arrival speech the East German leader reminded Czechoslovak chiefs of the treaty of friendship and cooperation signed between the two countries in 1967.
The atmosphere at Prague Castle, where the first meeting between Herr Ulbricht and his team and the Czechoslovaks was staged, appeared to be very cordial.
In the sumptuous setting Herr Ulbricht and his high ranking delegation faced President Ludvik Svoboda and Communist Party chief, Mr. Husak, Visil Bilak and Premier Strougal across the table.
The aim of the visit is believed to be to maintain the level of trade between the Czechs and East Germans and to ensure that Prague maintains its traditional solidarity with the Communist viewpoint on international questions.
The East German delegation included Prime Minister Willi Stoph, Foreign Minister Otto Winzer, Politburo Member Erich Honecker and Economic Chief Guenter Mittag.