Paraguayan President Alfredo Stroessner arrived at Santa Cruz airport in Bolivia on Wednesday (July 4th), for a goodwill visit.
GV Santa Crus airport
GV Aircraft taxis in
SV President Banzer (Left) waiting
CU Ex-President Paz Estenssoro
SV & CU President Stroessner out of aircraft, greeted by Banzer (2 shots)
SV Guard of Honour
SV & CU Stroessner standing beside Banzer (2 shots)
GV Guard of Honour
SV Military chiefs salute
SV PAN Stroessner reviews the troops
SV Stroessner reviews army veterans and walks away (2 shots)
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Background: Paraguayan President Alfredo Stroessner arrived at Santa Cruz airport in Bolivia on Wednesday (July 4th), for a goodwill visit. He was welcomed by President Hugo Banzer.
The two countries are neighbours and both Presidents stressed the need for closer links between them.
At the airport, President Stroessner, who very rarely travels abroad, reviewed a parade of veterans from the bloody war of the Chaco which was fought between the two countries in the 1930s.
The meeting was described as 'historic'. Relations between the two countries have long been coloured by the war.
President Banzer said that both countries shared the background and disciplined attitudes which came with army training. The Paraguayan leader recently assumed control of the armed forces. President Stroessner came to power in 1954 and is by far the longest serving head of state in Latin America.
SYNOPSIS: President Alfredo Stroessner of Paraguay arrives at El Trompillo airport near Santa Cruz on Wednesday, on a goodwill visit.
He was greeted by Bolivian President Hugo Banzer. The meeting was later described by both sides as 'historic'.
A former Bolivian President, Senior Estenssoro, was also there.
President Stroessner, who seldom travels abroad later stressed the need for greater economic and cultural co-operation, to promote their common interest.
President Banzer said both share the sense of purpose and discipline which comes from an army training. He said Paraguay was a fine example of the principle that technological growth and change should never be considered more important than patriotism and good government.
President Stroessner came to power in 1954 and is by far the longest serving head of state in Latin America.
President Stroessner reviewed a parade of veterans from the War of the Chaco which was fought between the two countries in the 1930s. This bloody war has previously coloured relations between the two countries.