President Nicholas Coauseacu of Rumania arrived in Pakistan on Monday (January 8) for a five-day official visit -- the first by a Soviet bloc leader since the 1971 breakaway of Bangladesh.
MV President Bhutto & party towards tarmac to plane
MV President Ceausescu down steps & greeted (5 shots)
GV Guard of honour present arms
GV & CU Both Presidents take salute on dais
GV Guard of honour
GV & MV Both men inspect guard (4 shots)
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Background: President Nicholas Coauseacu of Rumania arrived in Pakistan on Monday (January 8) for a five-day official visit -- the first by a Soviet bloc leader since the 1971 breakaway of Bangladesh.
He and his party of 40 were welcomed with full state honours at Islamabad Airport by Pakistan President, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.
The Rumanian President's programme in Pakistan includes talks with pakistan officials, state banquets and visits to several sites, including The Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology and its power plant near Karachi.
Rumania and Pakistan have had diplomatic relations since 1965 and trading agreements since 1964. Trade, expected to form part of the discussions during the visit, was valued at two million pounds sterling between the two countries in 1971-72.
It is expected that an agreement on assistance to Pakistan oil processing may come from talks between presidential advisers.
SYNOPSIS: Pakistan's President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto laid on full state honours and a 21-gun salute on Monday for the arrival of Rumanian President Nicolae Ceausescu. As he stepped down from his aircraft at Islamabad Airport, President Ceausescu was warmly greeted by his host at the beginning of a five-day official visit. President Ceausescu is the first Soviet bloc leader to visit Pakistan since the 1971 breakaway of Bangladesh.
A full guard of honour, dressed in the Pakistan army's commando-style uniforms, was presented for the Rumanian leader's inspection. Discussions during the visit were expected to centre on foreign affairs and trade. Pakistan and Rumania have had a trade agreement since 1964. Trade last year between them was two million pounds. Agreements are expected in the fields of civil aviation, television and assistance in oil processing.