Mozambique's President Samora Machel has blamed South Africa for instability in Africa, and attacked the Republic's apartheid policies.
GV Lisbon Airport, with plane taxiing on tarmac. (2 SHOTS)
GV President of Mozambique Samora Machel, down aircraft steps and greeted by President Antonio Ramalho Eanes. (2 SHOTS)
GV/SVs Samora Machel receiving gun salute, and reviewing troops as national anthems are sung. (3 SHOTS)
GV Presidents leaving welcome ceremony and driving past crowds in motorcade. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Mozambique's President Samora Machel has blamed South Africa for instability in Africa, and attacked the Republic's apartheid policies. President Machel was speaking at a dinner in his honour, given by Portuguese President Antonio Ramalho Eanes. President Machel arrived in Portugal for a five-day state visit on October 7. He was warmly welcomed by the Portuguese leader, who is anxious to re-establish close relations with the former Portuguese colony. President Eanes embraced the 50-year-old former guerrilla leader as he stepped from the plane, and a large crowd cheered as they drove away under heavy escort. Police said they had arrested two youths who ran towards the motorcade at the airport, but reported no other incidents. They had feared a big demonstration by former residents of Mozambique who lost their wealth with independence in 1975. Machel's arrival was shown live on Portuguese television. It was part of a big publicity campaign by the Portuguese, who are looking to Mozambique for political and economic co-operation. In his speech at the dinner on October 9, Machel claimed it was the racist regime of South Africa which was responsible for the insecurity and the threat of generalised war in his region. He linked the South African government to that of Nazi Germany, saying it used the same methods of aggression, intimidation, blackmail and propaganda.