President Luis Cabral of Guinea Bissau, arrived in Algiers on Wednesday (28 March) for talks with the new Algerian President Chadli Benjedid.
SV President Luis Cabral of Guineau Bissau steps down from aircraft and is greeted by President Chadli Benjedid and other officials and is presented with a bouquet of flowers by a little girl, in Algiers
GV Cabral and Benjedid walking across tarmac as band plays (2 shots)
SV Cabral meeting diplomats walking to terminal building (23 shots)
GV Guinea Bissau and Algerian flags on terminal building
GV Presidents visiting late Algerian President Houari Boumedienne's tomb as wreath is laid
SV Presidents standing in silence
CU ZOOM Wreath on tomb TO Presidents bowing heads and departing (2 shots)
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Background: President Luis Cabral of Guinea Bissau, arrived in Algiers on Wednesday (28 March) for talks with the new Algerian President Chadli Benjedid. This is one of a series of visits by African leaders to Algeria to meet members of the new government. Liberian President William Tolbert was in the country earlier in the week. Guinea Bissau and Algeria are closely linked, with Algeria providing technical expertise for various areas of development in Guinea Bissau.
SYNOPSIS: The President of Guinea Bissau was greeted by Algerian President Chadli Benejedid on his arrival in Algiers. The visit was described as an opportunity for the two countries to discuss the progress of development in Africa and the improvement of bilateral relations.
Guinea Bissau won its independence from Portugal in 1974 after eleven years of war.
Decades of colonial dependence and the war had literally decimated the country's economy and a programme for national reconstruction has since been the government's priority. They have much to learn from the Algerians who won their independence from France in 1962.
The two Presidents later paid their respects at the tomb of Houari Boumedienne who died in December last year. For 13 years he had been the incarnation of the Algerian revolution. The country is now trying to fill the great void caused by the death of their leader.
The two President went on to hold talks on the continued ties between their countries. Many Algerian technicians are participating in development projects in Guinea Bissau. And may students from the country are currently studying in Algiers.