President Bokassa of the Central African Republic, who has been on a two-day official visit to Greece, stayed for another two days as a private visitor.
President Bokassa of the Central African Republic, who has been on a two-day official visit to Greece, stayed for another two days as a private visitor. The President, accompanied by his Foreign Minister, met the Greek Regent and toured archaeological sites during official visit.
This film, showing their arrival at Athens Airport on Thursday (April 8), is accompanied by a commentary telling the story of their visit.
SYNOPSIS: The President of Central African Republic, General Jean-Bedel Bokassa, arrived in Athens on Thursday for two-day official visit to Greece. At the airport to meet the President and his party were the Greek Regent, Gen. George Zoitakis, his wife, and deputy Prime Minister Stylianos Pattakos.
President Bokassa, who was invited by the Greek Government, was accompanied by his Foreign Minister, Clement Voueto, and his Transport Minister, Ange Patasse. On the night of his arrival, the President was guest of honour at a dinner party given by Deputy Premier Pattakos, who is also Minister of the Interior.
Back at the airport, the President and his party were greeted by Regent Zoitakis in a formal ceremony which included flags, a military band which played the national anthems of both countries, and a guard of honour which was inspected by the President and the Regent.
The invitation to the President was part of a Graek programme to improve trade and cultural relations with a number of African countries.
On Friday (April 9th), the day after his arrival, President Bokassa went to Maximos Mansion, near the Royal Palace, for official talks with the Regent, General Zoitakis. The President and his two Ministers, who accompanied him at the talks, were later guests at a lunch given by the Ragent.
Earlier on Friday, President Bokassa laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. During the afternoon, he visited archaeological sites in Athens, and that night held a dinner party for General Zoitakis. The President was due to leave on Saturday (April 10th), but decided to stay a further two days as a private visitor.