Empress Farah Diba of Iran arrived in Dakar on Wednesday (25 February) for a four-day official visit designed to strengthen cooperation between Iran and Senegal.
GV Dakar airport and flags (2 shots)
GV Plane taxing on runway
CU Senegal's President Senghor
CV Empress of Iran walks down steps, greeted by Senghor (2 shots)
SV Empress Farah presented with flowers (2 shots)
SCU Empress introduced to Senegalese officials
SV Empress and President standing for national anthem
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Background: Empress Farah Diba of Iran arrived in Dakar on Wednesday (25 February) for a four-day official visit designed to strengthen cooperation between Iran and Senegal.
The Empress was accompanied by Prime Minister Abbas Hoveyda who visited Senegal in 1975.
Empress Farah said her visit confirmed the desire of Iran and Senegal to strengthen their already friendly relations and bore witness to their desire for solidarity and cooperation.
President Leopold Senghor said in a speech the Empress was a "rare phenomenon in today's world" with a diversity of talents. He called on the woman of his country to follow her example.
The Empress received an honorary doctorate from the University of Dakar during her visit, the first woman to do so.
On Thursday (26 February) the Empress laid the foundation stone of an oil refinery at Kayar 50 kilometres (26 miles) north of Dakar, the first part of an industrial complex built with Iranian assistance.
SYNOPSIS: Dakar Airport, where on Wednesday Senegalese leaders arrived to greet visiting Iranian Empress Farah. The Empress was on a four-day official visit aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries. She was accompanied by Iranian Premier Abbas Hoveyda.
During her visit the Empress laid the foundation stone of an oil refinery, the first part of an industrial complex being built in Senegal with Iranian assistance. Later she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Dakar, the first woman to do so. President Leopold Senghor called on women in his country to follow the example of the Empress.