Ethopian Head of State Mengistu Haile Mariam met with South Yemen's President, Ali Nasser Mohammed, on Wednesday (12 November).
SV EXTERIOR Ethopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam shaking hands with Yemeni Republic President Ali Nasser Mohammed outside Yemani People's Palace, Aden
SV INTERIOR President Mohammed seated PAN TO Mengistu seating himself on divan ZOOM OUT TO GV
CU Two presidents seated (2 shots)
SV EXTERIOR Military guard of honour at airport
SV Mengistu shaking hands with officials (2 shots)
CU Mohammed and SV Mohammed embracing Mengistu (2 shots)
GV Guard of honour
SV Mengistu at top of aircraft steps, waving hands over head
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Background: Ethopian Head of State Mengistu Haile Mariam met with South Yemen's President, Ali Nasser Mohammed, on Wednesday (12 November). The Ethiopian leader flew into Aden at the end of tour which had taken him to the Soviet Union and the Libyan Arab Jamahiriyah.
SYNOPSIS: Colonel Mengistu was met by Mr. Mohammed outside the Yemeni People's Palace in Aden. The Ethiopian leader had stopped in South Yemen to brief President Mohammed on the results of his two-week visit to the Soviet Union. Both Ethiopia and South Yemen are linked by friendship treaties tot he U.S.S.R. The two developing countries have voiced concern at the Iran-Iraqi war, and at foreign involvement in the Persian Gulf area. Ethiopia has been more explicit, saying American forces should withdraw from the region.
The Ethiopian leader's talks with Soviet authorities had concentrated on economic, military and political co-operation. A joint communique indicated that both sides saw his Moscow visit as successful. The Soviet Union is likely to continue as a major supplier of arms to the Ethiopians in their fight against Eritrean rebels. South Yemen, though staunchly pro-Soviet, is trying to improve relations with its Arab and African neighbours. Colonel Mengistu's visit underlined the importance of relations between the two countries at the mouth of the Red Sea.