The Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Cuba have been holding talks in Addis Ababa on economic and cultural co-operation between their two countries.
SV Cuban Foreign Minister, Isidoro Malmierca Peoli, arrives by car at city hall and is greeted
CU Mayor of Addis Ababa explains city map in English and is translated into Spanish
CU Cuban Foreign Minister listens
CU Ethiopian Foreign Minister Dr. Feleke Gedle-Giorgis, seated listening
SV Mayor continues with explanation
CU Cuban Foreign Minister seated beside Ethiopian Foreign Minister, listening
According to Reuters news agency Cuban troops are now thought to be aiding Ethiopia in fighting against secessionist rebels in the northern province of Eritrea. A spokesman for the Eritrean People Liberation Front told Reuters last week that 3,500 Cuban troops had been flown to Asmara to help the garrison there.
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Background: The Foreign Ministers of Ethiopia and Cuba have been holding talks in Addis Ababa on economic and cultural co-operation between their two countries. The talks, reported by Addis Ababa Radio, come after Ethiopia's recent victory over the Somalis in the Ogaden -- a victory in which Cuban troops are believed to have played an important role. The Cubans are also reported to be assisting Ethiopia in the current fighting in Eritrea.
SYNOPSIS: The Cuban Foreign Minister, Senor Isidoro Malmierca Peoli, arrived at Bole International Airport near Addis Ababa on Friday (17 March) for an official four-day visit. Cabinet ministers, senior Government officials and residents ambassadors from other socialist countries were there to welcome Senor Malmierca and his three colleagues. The Cuban visitors were then taken to City Hall where the Mayor of Addis Ababa described the key features of his city. According to Addis Ababa Radio, the Cuban Foreign Minister later referred to the Ogaden victory achieved by Ethiopia. He said the victory in the eight-month war was important to the Ethiopian people, and was also a contribution to what he termed the struggle of all African people for peace and stability in the continent. Senor Malmierca's visit was at the invitation of his Ethiopian counterpart, Dr. Feleke Gedle-Giorgis.
Dr. Feleke travelled to Cuba last October and several more meetings between the two countries are planned before a summit conference that is scheduled to take place in Havana in 1980. The latest talks are reported to have touched on international politics, non-alignment and bilateral relations.