• Short Summary

    Ethiopia has become the first African nation to give unreserved support to the revolutionary government established in Liberia last April.

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    SV PULL BACK TO GV Crowds waiting to greet Liberian Head of State Master Sergeant Samuel Doe
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    SV Air Liberia jet taxi-ing
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    SV Ministers walking to welcome Sergeant Doe and Doe walking down aircraft steps and being greeted by Ethiopian Chairman Mengistu Haile-Mariam
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    SV Other officials greeting Sergeant Doe
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    SV Band marching and saluting
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    SV Motorcade (3 shots)
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    SV Sergeant Doe enters national palace in Addis Ababa and talks inside with Colonel Mengistu
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    SV Crowds on street as motorcade passes to wreath laying ceremony (2 shots)
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    SV Sergeant Doe walking with wreath bearers (2 shots)
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    Background: Ethiopia has become the first African nation to give unreserved support to the revolutionary government established in Liberia last April. The Ethiopian Head of State, Lieutenant Colonel Mengistu, expressed his support on Tuesday (26 August) during a visit by the Liberian leader Master Sergeant Samuel Doe.

    SYNOPSIS: Sergeant Doe arrived in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, from Tanzania where he had held talks with President Julius Nyerere.

    The Liberian leader was met on arrival by Colonel Mengistu. The aim of the visit was to improve the Liberian government's image in Africa. Many members of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) were alienated by the bloodshed which accompanied Sergeant Doe's rise to power four months ago -- including the execution of former President Tolbert.

    The Ethiopians accorded Sergeant Doe full state honours on his arrival with a 21-gun salute, a guard of honour and a march past.

    Sergeant Doe did not attend the last OAU summit in Sierra Leone in the face of criticism of his regime -- a summit committee will report soon on the question of his attendance at the next meeting.

    But in talks with Colonel Mengistu, Sergeant Doe was left in no doubt of Ethiopia's support for his regime. At a state banquet the Ethiopian Head of State said both countries were now struggling against oppression and exploitation to achieve freedom, equality and democracy.

    After a motorcade, Sergeant Doe laid a wreath at the Victory Monument. Colonel Mengistu had earlier drawn parallels between the Liberian revolution and Ethiopia's revolution five years earlier.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7Q07JW9Q33ROAGF618NCU3G5A
    Media URN:
    VLVA7Q07JW9Q33ROAGF618NCU3G5A
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/08/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
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    N/A

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