INTRODUCTION: Mozambique's President Samora Machel arrived in Zambia for a brief visit on Saturday (7 February).
GV EXTERIOR Airport building. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Machel down plane steps and greeted by President Kaunda and wife.
SV Machel welcomed by military officers and officials.. (2 SHOTS)
SV Zinzi Mandela at airport.
SV Machel greet Zinzi Mandela and others.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Mozambique's President Samora Machel arrived in Zambia for a brief visit on Saturday (7 February). His discussions with President Kenneth Kaunda are believed to have included South Africa's commando attack on Maputo, the Mozambique capital, at the end of last month.
The South Africans struck at buildings they claimed were command centres of the African National Congress (ANC). The meeting of the two presidents was reported to have centred on security matters following the cross-border attack. The ANC, banned in South Africa, has claimed responsibility for recent guerrilla raids within the republic. South Africa has warned it will strike again if necessary against countries harbouring what they describe as black nationalist guerrillas.
After visiting Zambia, President Machel flew on to Tanzania where reports say he discussed the subject with President Julius Nyerere. No official communique was issued. But local diplomats said Tanzania may send troops to Mozambique to help offset any South African threat.
Among those at Lusaka airport to welcome President Machel was Nelson Mandela's daughter, Zinzi. Her father has served 18 years of a life sentence in South Africa on charges of plotting a coup. Zinzi Mandela visited him in prison last November. She found him in good spirits and confident of final victory for the anti-apartheid movement.