Bulgaria and Ethiopia have signed a joint communique aimed at increasing political and economic co-operation between the two countries.
GV Bulgarian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Patar Mladenov AND PAN TO Ethiopian counterpart, Feleke Gadel Giorgis ZOOM OUT TO WIDE SHOT
GV Airport scenes of Ethiopian and Bulgarian leaders with cheering crowds
CU Leaders embracing and shaking hands, and Ethiopian leader ascending steps to airliner and wave to crowd (4 shots)
GV Ethiopia: Colonel Mengistu arrives back and welcoming committee (2 shots)
GV Col. Mengistu down steps and greeted by children with flowers, Mengistu walking across tarmac (2 shots)
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Background: Bulgaria and Ethiopia have signed a joint communique aimed at increasing political and economic co-operation between the two countries. The accord was reached at the end of an official four-day visit to Bulgaria by Ethiopia's leader, Mengistu Haile Mariam.
SYNOPSIS: The communique was signed at Verna, on the Black Sea coast, by the Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Petar Mladenov, snd his Ethiopian counterpart Feleke Gadel Giorgis.
Colonel Mengistu and the Bulgarian President, Todor Zhivkov, counter signed the document. It was released simultaneously in Sofia and Addis Ababa. Talks between the two leaders centred on the security situation in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf. They both criticised what they called "the military concentration of imperialist states" in the area.
The communique also stated that both countries strongly condemned what they called "the aggressions committed by the racist regime of South Africa against Angola and other neighbouring independent state". The two leaders expressed confidence that the Treaty of Friendship and Co-operation between Bulgaria and Ethiopia signed two years ago would continue to give impetus to political, economic and cultural relations.
Colonel Mengistu also invited President Zhivkov to make an official visit to Ethiopia. The Bulgarian leader last visited Addis Ababa in 1978 when the original Treaty of Friendship and Co-operations was signed.