President Nicolae Ceausescu of Rumania arrived in Rome on Monday (21 May) for a two-day state visit to Italy -- the first ever by a Rumanian head of state.
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Background: President Nicolae Ceausescu of Rumania arrived in Rome on Monday (21 May) for a two-day state visit to Italy -- the first ever by a Rumanian head of state.
To the accompaniment of a 21-gun salute, the Rumanian leader was greeted at the airport by President Giovanni Leone, Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti and other Italian government ministers.
Although this is the first by a Rumanian head of state, former Foreign Minister Corneliu Manescu was in Italy in 1966, and he was followed, in 1968, by Prime Minister Ion Gheorghe Maurer. Last year Italian Foreign Minister Giuseppe Medici visited Rumania.
Subjects to be covered during the two days of talks were expected to be bilateral trade matters -- Italy is one of Rumania's principal trading partners -- the Middle East situation, and the relations of Rumania with the European Economic Community.
President Ceausescu is being accompanied by a large group of officials including Deputy Prime Minister Ion Patan and Foreign Minister George Macovescu. Following the official two-day visit the President will be remaining in Italy for a future three days in a private capacity. On Wednesday he is scheduled to have an audience with the Pope.