INTRODUCTION The Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny, has promised Soviet help for the overthrow of what he called "colonial oppression" in Africa.
SVs: Soviet President Nicolai Podgorny and Tanzanian First Vice President Sheikh Aboued Jumbe watching traditional dancing ceremony on airport tarmac, Zanzibar, Tanzania. (3 shots)
GV: State House in Ikulu, mainland Tanzania.
SCU: President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania addressing gathering (in English)
GV: guests applauding
GV: Podgorny addressing gathering (in Russian).
GVs: guests applauding and two leaders toasting each other. (2 shots)
GV: car arriving at state House Lusaka, Zambia.
GV: Podgorny and President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia seated around table with delegations.
CUs: Kaunda, Podgorny and others talking. (4 shots)
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: NYERERE: "Tanzania has had the pleasure of receiving the leaders of Heads of State from other friendly countries. But the Western news media seem to have a preference for those who come from the socialist countries. They love you more. They believe that Africa is to Western Europe what Latin America is to the United States of America. A visitor from the socialist bloc is looked upon as an intruder in Africa."
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Background: INTRODUCTION The Soviet President, Nikolai Podgorny, has promised Soviet help for the overthrow of what he called "colonial oppression" in Africa. President Podgorny is on a tour of three African nations in the front line of the fight against Rhodesia's Ian Smith government. He spent four days in Tanzania, where he had several meetings with President Julius Nyerere, and flew to Zambia for a meeting with President Kenneth Kaunda on Saturday (26 March). His last cal is Mozambique.
SYNOPSIS: During his Tanzanian visit President Podgorny went on a brief tour of the country's spice island, Zanzibar. Tanzania's First Vice-President and Zanizibari leader, Sheikh Aboued Jumbe, organised a welcome that was more informal than the traditional military guard of honour. It was a day of rest for the visiting leader who had spent most of his time in discussions with Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere. At a banquet the previous evening at State House in Ikulu, President Nyerere criticised the western news media for its attitude towards President Podgorny's visit.
The Soviet leader said after his arrival in Tanzania, that his country was not seeking military concessions or military bases in African countries or anywhere else. He also told newsmen that the Soviet Union had an identical policy with the so-called African "Front-line States" who are supporting intensified guerrilla warfare in Rhodesia.
President Podgorny drove straight from the airport outside Zambia's capital, Lusaka, to President Kenneth Kaunda's official residence. In discussions with President Kaunda the Soviet leader repeated his pledges of Soviet support for the overthrow of what he called "colonial oppression". There would be no rest until that was achieved, he said. President Kaunda told him the situation in southern Africa was tense "because of the refusal of racism and colonialism to yield to the pressure of those they exploit".
President Podgorny's visit is the first tour of the region by a Soviet leader. It follows the collapse of western-sponsored negotiations over Rhodesia's future.