President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal arrived in Venezuela on Monday (7 November) to begin a five-day visit.
GV: aircraft taxiing (2 shots)
SV: President Carlos Andres Perez walks across tarmac with other officials.
GV: President Leopold Senghor alights from aircraft with others.
GV: Presidents walk across red carpet onto dais as crowds watch.
GV: President standing to attention during anthems being played.
GV: jets fly overhead
GV: Presidents at official reception as guests file past to greet president Senghor.
President Senghor was to be decorated by President Perez with the Order of the Liberator, the highest Venezuelan order that can be awarded to a foreign statesman.
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Background: President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal arrived in Venezuela on Monday (7 November) to begin a five-day visit. He is the first African leader to pay a state visit to the country.
SYNOPSIS: A military band and guard of honour awaited President Senghor's arrival at Caracas airport, and among officials their to greet him was Venezuela's President Carlos Andres Perez.
President Senghor was accompanied by a large entourage which included his Foreign Minister Assane Seck, and Senegal's Vice President Caroline Diop. President Perez greeted the Senegalese leader warmly, and led him across a red carpet of honour to an official dias.
Later the two presidents made a joint call for third world unity. In a speech of welcome. President Perez noted it was a happy coincidence their countries, which acknowledged the same democratic creed, were governed by parties which shared the same social-democratic ideology. He described President Senghor as one of the 'greatest men of Africa".
A formation flypast ended the official welcome.
Later that day President Senghor was guest at a reception in Caracas, where he met other Venezuelan officials. In a speech to Venezuela's Congress the following day he said that in Latin America, and in the third world, the country was a remarkable model of humanistic socialism. He said Venezuelan democracy, was therefore, a focus in Latin America just as Senegalese democracy was in Africa.