Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, arrived in Warsaw on September 9 for a 24-hour official visit expected to reinforce political and economic ties between the two countries.
SV PAN Colonel Gaddafi descends from aircraft and is met by General Jaruzelski
SV Military salute as Gaddafi and Jaruzelski inspect guard of honour (3 shots)
GV PAN Libyan students welcome Gaddafi (3 shots)
SV PAN INTERIOR Jaruzelski greets Gaddafi at Central Committee of the P.U.W.P. (Polish United Workers Party)
SV PAN INTERIOR Jaruzelski and Gaddafi seated (2 shots)
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Background: Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, arrived in Warsaw on September 9 for a 24-hour official visit expected to reinforce political and economic ties between the two countries. Martial law leader, Prime Minister Wojciech Jaruzelski gave Colonel Gaddafi a full-scale state welcome at Warsaw Airport when he arrived from an official visit in Prague, Czechoslovakia. The Libyan leader's visit is the first to Poland by a head of state from outside the Warsaw Pact since martial law was imposed. Although Polish press reports gave few details of the discussions, it is thought that General Jaruzelski may have pressed for additional oil supplied from Libya to ease a shortage due to Poland's lack of hard currency. The Colonel was welcomed on arrival by a group of Libyan students. The number of Libyans working in Poland has not been officially reported but diplomats said they included military personnel receiving training. During his visit the Libyan leader met leaders of the Polish Communist Party. The Colonel was given a warm welcome. He is one of the few world leaders to have shown support for the Polish leadership since martial law was imposed.