The East German Minister of Defence, General Heinz Hoffmann, has been making a tour of several African countries for talks with government and military leaders.
GV Plane taxis at Brazzaville airport
SV East German Minister of Defence general heinz Hoffmann being greeted by Vice President of Congo Major Denis Sassou-Ngyesso.
SV Wives of two leaders greeting each other
GV Defence Hoffmann and Vice President Sassou-Nguesso walking along tarmac
SV PAN FROM guard of honour TO official party (2 shots)
SV Hoffmann shaking hands with officials
General Hoffmann left the Congo the day after National Front for Liberation of the Congo (F.L.N.C.)' forces crossed into southern Zaire and launched their offensive.
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Background: The East German Minister of Defence, General Heinz Hoffmann, has been making a tour of several African countries for talks with government and military leaders.
SYNOPSIS: General Hoffmann arrived in the Congo after a five-day visit to Angola where he had meetings with Cuban and Soviet defence minister was met at the Brazzaville airport by the Vice-President of the Congo, Major Denis Sassou-Nguesso. East Germany has provided the Brazzaville Government with considerable military aid in the past. The aid has taken the form of arms, military advisers and a large amount of training of Congolese officers. Reports from the meeting gave no details of the talks between General hoffmann and the Congolese Vice President. However General Hoffman paid a tribute to what he described as the Congo's hard struggle, full of sacrifice, against Southern Africa's imperialist countries. General Hoffmann and major Sassou-Nguesso both said that the visit to the Congo by the East German military delegation would strengthen the two countries co-operation in "the anti-imperialist struggle". General Hoffmann planned to visit Tunisia after completing his stay in the Congo.