Mozambique's President Samora Machel arrived in Algiers on Monday, (December 8), for talks with his Algerian counterpart Mr.
SV Mozambique's President Samora Machel walks down steps from plane and is greeted by Algerian President Chadli Benjedid (2 shots)
SV PAN Algerian military band
SV PAN Both Presidents sheltered from rain by umbrellas walk along red carpet
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SV Algerian officials waiting for and then greeting President Machel (2 shots)
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Background: Mozambique's President Samora Machel arrived in Algiers on Monday, (December 8), for talks with his Algerian counterpart Mr. Chadil Benjedid. Both leaders share a fundamental policy for their countries to remain independent politically and economically within the non-aligned movement in the Third World.
SYNOPSIS: President Machel received a warm welcome on his arrival. Like Algeria, Mozambique is a Socialist state with increasing links with East European countries for economic and scientific cooperation. But at the same time they are also improving their relations with the West as they adopt a softer approach in foreign policy. Mozambique is one of the nine southern African states seeking international aid to reduce dependence on white-ruled South Africa. The industrialised world is now paying more attention to the grouping of the nine southern African states which economically could soon become more important than South Africa. Mozambique is also seeking the support of the Arab oil states.
President Machel has recently completed visits to the Soviet Union and East European countries during which he called for more cooperation aimed at a greater exchange of natural resources. President Benjedid is trying to revive Algeria's economy and establish a just social order.
Algeria and Mozambique are both striving to improve their agricultural and industrial potential. Algeria is the largest producer of natural gas in the Organisations of Petroleum Exporting Countries. The two leaders hope the strengthening of alliances between countries such as Mozambique and Algeria will lead to a continental movement in Africa towards greater prosperity and inter-dependence.