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    During talks in Zaire with President Mobutu Sese Seko, the Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr.

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    SV INT: Egyptian Foreign Minister Dr. Boutros Ghali begin interviewed. (3 SHOTS)

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    Background: During talks in Zaire with President Mobutu Sese Seko, the Egyptian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Boutros Ghali has said that Egypt is in favour of a permanent inter-African police force, Speaking on television on Wednesday (14 June) Ghali said that this would strengthen African unity.

    SYNOPSIS: At the end of his two day official visit, Dr. Boutros Ghali told reporters in the Zairean capital of Kinshasa that Egypt was in favour of anything that would strengthen African unity. Dr. Ghali went on to say that Egypt's President Sadat would shortly be announcing what assistance Egypt would make available to Zaire. This would be to help Zaire rebuild its armed forces following the invasion by anti-government rebels of the country's southern Shaba province last month.

    Egypt is one of several African countries which have agreed to assist Zaire. An inter-African peace-keeping force of about 1500 Moroccans and smaller contingents from Senegal, Gabon, Ivory Coast and Togo has already set up camp in Shaba to take over from the French Foreign Legion and Belgian Paratroops. Dr. Ghali however refused to confirm or deny persistent reports that Cairo had already committed Arms, including heavy artillery, and instructors to train the Zairean army. He said there will be said but the decision will be taken by President Sadat who could announce the say in which the aid would be given. When questioned about Soviet and Cuban activities in Africa, Dr. Ghali said that Egypt was concerned that rivalry between the super powers might spill over into the African continent. But the Egyptian Minister did not give a direct answer when he was asked whether he believed the Soviet Union and Cuba had backed the Invasion of Shaba. Dr. Ghali stressed that Zaire's national integrity must be maintained.

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