The Vice-President of the Zimbabwe African National Union, Simon Muzenda, has recently visited Beirut. He?
GV Vice-President of Zimbabwe African National Union Simon Muzenda accompanied by others entering PLO factory
GV INTERIOR Poster of Yasser Arafat PAN DOWN Muzenda talking to workers
MV Worker on planing machine
SIDE VIEW Muzenda walking through factory
MV Workers at sawing machine
CU Muzenda answering question in English
REPORTER: "You've been here to see the PLO leader Yasser Arafat, What has been the outcome of these talks?"
MUZENDA: "We've come to brief brother Arafat on the situation in our country, and also to learn the situation here. This is not a new thing, we always have been meeting in meetings of the OAU and wherever possible. It has been our position that we should brief each other. I brought a letter from our President, briefing brother Yasser Arafat of the situation in our........country and also that we may be informed of the current events in this area."
REPORTER: "Do you see a closer co-operation in a military sphere between the Patriotic Front and the PLO as a result of your visit?"
MUZENDA: "We've always have had solidarity with all liberation movements. It is not the first time that we've come here and wherever we share ideas we do."
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Background: The Vice-President of the Zimbabwe African National Union, Simon Muzenda, has recently visited Beirut. He met the leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, Yasser Arafat, and informed sources say the two leaders held talks on co-operation between their organisations, and discussed Rhodesia and the Middle East. Speaking to newsmen, Mr. Muzenda said close ties existed between ZANU and the PLO, and these long-standing relations would continue.
SYNOPSIS: During his visit, Mr. Muzenda went to a PLO workshop at a Palestinian came in Beirut. He was shown round by a small Palestinian delegation, and chatted to workmen about their jobs in the factory. Asked about the elections in Rhodesia, Mr. Muzenda said the interim government was illegal and he elections would make no difference. The Patriotic Front would disrupt the voting by intensifying the guerrilla war, he added. He was also asked about his meeting with Yasser Arafat: