Vietnamese Vice-President Nguyen Huu Tho arrives in Addis Ababa on Saturday (28 October) at the start of a three-day official visit aimed at improving relations between Ethiopia and Vietnam.
GV Addis Ababa Airport PAN TO Ethiopian cabinet ministers waiting on tarmac.
CU PAN FROM Ministers TO Vietnamese Vice-President Nguyen Huu Tho stepping down from plane and greeted by Captain Fikre Selassie Wogderess and other ministers.
SV Tho meets cabinet ministers lined up along tarmac. (2 SHOTS)
CU Vietnamese flag PAN DOWN TO Tho walking across tarmac to airport building.
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Background: Vietnamese Vice-President Nguyen Huu Tho arrives in Addis Ababa on Saturday (28 October) at the start of a three-day official visit aimed at improving relations between Ethiopia and Vietnam. Later Mr. Tho called the Ethiopian revolution "an important victory for peace, democracy and socialism in Africa".
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Tho's visit was at the invitation of the Ethiopian Head of State, Lieutenant-Colonel Mengistu Haile-Mariam.
The Vietnamese Vice-President was welcomed at Bole airport by Captain Fikre Selassie Wogderess, Secretary-General of the Provisional Military Administrative Council, members of the Council and cabinet ministers. Ambassadors from other socialist countries were also on hand to greet Mr. Tho. He has recently visited a number of countries in Africa and earlier this month visited Algeria for talks aimed at improving relations between the two countries. Later in the year he is due to visit Bulgaria.
In a short statement at the airport, Mr. Tho thanked the Ethiopian people for their 'sympathy and support in the struggle against US aggression'. He spoke of the 'close relationship which has developed between our two peoples', and expressed confidence that his visit would strengthen these relations.