France and its former colony of Guinea have ended twenty years of cool relations by signing an agreement of economic co-operation.
France and its former colony of Guinea have ended twenty years of cool relations by signing an agreement of economic co-operation. The agreement was signed at the end of a three-day visit to Guinea by French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing.
SYNOPSIS: President Giscard's Concorde flew into Conakry airport where one hundred thousand Guineans waited to greet the French leader. President Ahmed Sekou toure who has led Guinea for the twenty years since independence was at the airport to welcome President and Madame Giscard. The last French President to visit Guinea was Charles de Gaulle. He left in a huff during his 1958 visit after President Sekou Toure rejected his plan for a Franco-African community of nations. But now as President Giscard put it it was time to patch up what he called the misunderstanding between the countries.
President Giscard told President Sekou Toure and his ministers that the cool relations of the past were best forgotten. And President Sekou Toure declared that, "when we say yes to France, we intend to remain faithful to our commitments".
The day after his arrival President Giscard and President Toure received an overwhelming reception from a huge crowd at the stadium named Twenty-eighth of September after the country's Referendum Day.
On the third day of his visit the two leader signed an agreement of economic co-operation. The details were not revealed. But sources claimed that France would provide economic aid to help Guinea develop her untapped mineral resources and ease her reliance on aid from the U.S.S.R.