United States Secretary of State, Mr William Rogers, had a three-hour meeting in Lusaka yesterday (Monday) with the President of Zambia, Dr.
United States Secretary of State, Mr William Rogers, had a three-hour meeting in Lusaka yesterday (Monday) with the President of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.
The meeting, held at the State House in Lusaka during Mr Rogers' 24-hour visit to Zambia, was also attended by the US Ambassador Mr Troxel, the Zambian Vice President, Mr Kapwepwe, and members of the Zambian Cabinet.
President Kaunda said he told Mr Rogers that the United States could play a big role in solving the problems of Southern Africa. The President was speaking to newsmen after the meeting.
He said the United States could use its influence to persuade Portugal to grant independence to its African territories of Angola, Mozambique and Portuguese Guinea. President Kaunda added that they had also discussed the question of the retaining its diplomatic mission in Salisbury, Rhodesia, and the prospects of American aid. The Zambian leader said it was not for him to say what the US Government would do about the Rhodesian Consulate, but "our views are that the U.S.A. should close the Consulate", he declared.
Later, at a press conference before leaving Lusaka, Mr Rogers said that the United States would think again about retaining its diplomatic mission in Salisbury if Rhodesia declared itself a republic. He was speaking at the airport before flying to Congo-Kinshasa on the next leg of his ten - nation African tour. He has already visited Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Kenya. After Congo-Kinshasa, Mr Rogers will go on to Cameroun, Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia.