Polish Communist Party leader Mr. Edward Gierek arrived in Italy on Monday (28 November) on?
INT GV: Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti greeting Polish leader Edward Gierek as he steps from elevator and both walking into conference room at Palazzo Chigi, Rome.
CU: Andreotti PULL BACK TO MV Andreotti and Gierek seated talking, then standing and shaking hands for press, ZOOM INTO CU Gierek.
GV: Press photographers surroundings Andreotti and Gierek.
CU: Andreotti seated at conference table.
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Most of the past three decades have been marked by hostility between Warsaw and the Vatican. Mr. Gierek's audience with the Pope follows an historic meeting last month between the Polish Communist leader and Poland's primate, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski. The outcome of that audience hasn't been made public, but the Cardinal who has been visiting Rome recently, said that the Church in Poland had great vitality in spite of "repression". He has been pressing for greater freedom to teach religion in Poland.
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Background: Polish Communist Party leader Mr. Edward Gierek arrived in Italy on Monday (28 November) on a four-day official visit. As well as holding talks with Italian leaders, he was to meet the Pope to discuss the issue of Church - State relations in Poland.
SYNOPSIS: Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti greeted Mr. Gierek when he arrived for talks at government headquarters in Rome at the beginning of his visit. It was the first time a Polish Communist Party leader had made an official visit to Italy.
Mr. Gierek's invitation followed an earlier exchange of visits by Italian and Polish trade ministers. This led to the signing in Rome last month of a trade accord under which Poland will provide Italy with minerals, and Italy will increase its exports of machine parts to Poland. Further trade agreements were to be signed during Mr. Gierek's visit, including a deal for Italy to supply Fiat car engines and a 300 million US dollar credit for Poland to buy Italian chemicals.
Italian Government sources said talks between the two leaders centred on international topics, with both men pledging support for Soviet-American disarmament talks and for the Belgrade European Security Conference.
Both Mr. Gierek and Signor Andreotti said economic and trade relations between their countries should be expanded. On Thursday Mr. Gierek was to have a private audience with Pope Paul. Poland has the largest Catholic population in Eastern Europe and Reuters said the meeting could be a major step in establishing diplomatic relations between that country and the Vatican.