The Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu arrived in Zimbabwe on July 14 on the second stage of his five-nation African tour.
GV & CU Aircraft taxis in, welcome to Zimbabwe sign (2 shots)
CU Ceausescu and wife off plane and greeted by President Banana and Prime Minister Mugabe
CU & LV Ceausescu inspects guard of honour (2 shots)
SV Romanian waiting at airport to be introduced
CU Three Zimbabwean service chiefs
SV & CU Ceausescu walks to plinth and guest shake hands (2 shots)
CU PULL BACK TO SV Singing women wearing dresses with photographs of Mugabe on Front
CU PULL BACK TO SV & PAN Young drummers and dancers watched by the Presidents
SV PAN Ceausescu waving to dancers as he leaves
CU Women chanting and dancing
CU INTERIOR Cameraman in conference room
CU & SV Ceausescu and wife with members of Romanian delegation at tables opposite Mugabe and delegation (3 shots)
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Background: The Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu arrived in Zimbabwe on July 14 on the second stage of his five-nation African tour. President Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, flew to the capital Harare from Ethiopia. They will also visit Zambia and Sudan. Both Zimbabwe's Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, and President Canaan Banana were at the airport to give the couple an official State welcome, which included a military guard of honour and a group of Romanian diplomats and their families. President Ceausescu was treated to a display of singing and dancing by young children and by women, who wore dresses imprinted with photographs of Robert Mugabe. The official Romanian news agency, Agerpres says the purpose of President Ceausescu's visit is to consolidate and intensity his country's good relations with African States. The Zimbabwean government has hailed it as yet another steps in strengthening the "multiple relations" between the two nations, which date back to Romania's support for Zimbabwe's struggle for independence. Travelling with President Ceausescu are Romania's first Deputy Premier Gheorghe Oprea, Foreign Minister, Stefan Andrei, and Foreign Trade Minister, Vasile Pungan. Soon after their arrival they were taken to meet members of Mr. Mugabe's cabinet. Later the delegation held talks with Zimbabwean officials to discuss the expansion of existing economic and technical co-operation. Romania currently exports a variety of mechanical, electronic, chemical and building products to Zimbabwe in exchange for non-ferrous metals. President Ceausescu is said to be one of the most widely-travelled Soviet-bloc leaders having visited forty African countries. He is also reported to have received thirty-two African Heads of State in Bucharest.