INTRODUCTION: Nigeria is strengthening its ties with Latin America.
GV & CU EXTERIOR State House, Lagos, with Cuban flag flying. (2 SHOTS)
SV INTERIOR President Shagari, welcomes Vice-President Bosque of Cuba and suite, they take seats.
CU Cuban Vice-President presidents letter to President Shagari.
SV PAN, CU, PAN FROM Cuban diplomat watching TO President Shagari reading letter. (2 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO SV Vice-President Bosque watches as President Shagari hands letter to aide.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Nigeria is strengthening its ties with Latin America. A co-ordination commission with Brazil has just held its first meeting in Lagos, discussing how Nigeria could increase its exports to Brazil to correct the present imbalance of trade; and a communique on Thursday (26 March) at the end of the meeting said all matters of bilateral interest had been examined in depth. At the same time, one of Cuba's Vice-Presidents was in Lagos on a three-day visit.
SYNOPSIS: The Cuban flag was flying at StateHouse to mark the fact that Senor Juan Almeida Bosque was paying a courtesy call on President Shehu Shagari of Nigeria. Senor Bosque - one of Cuba's five Vice-Presidents - was leading an 11-man delegation of ministers and advisers, who were to have talks with their Nigerian counterparts. Draft agreements on economic co-operation and cultural relations were in the final stages of negotiation.
Vice-President Bosque had brought with him a message from the Cuban Head of State, President Fidel Castro. They talked about international developments, particularly as they affect the non-aligned movement. Nigeria is a leading member of the movement, and President Castro is its present chairman. The Cuban Vice-President's visit is also aimed at bringing about a general improvement in Cuba's relations with Nigeria, which recently have not been very close.
After his courtesy call on the President, Senor Bosque was due to have more detailed talks on the objects of his visit with the Nigerian Vice-President Dr. Alex Ekwueme.