President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire has been making a tour of those countries which helped fight the invasion of Zaire's southern Shaba region.
President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire and wife down aircraft steps, Dakar, Senegal and greeted by President Leopold Senghor of Senegal and wife
SCU Two presidents walk over to officials and President Mobutu introduce to diplomats
SV Zairean and Senegalese flag flying (2 shots)
SV Mobutu inspects guard of honour
SV Mobutu and Senghor shake hands with guard of honour officer
SV Mobutu talking to crowd at airport
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Background: President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire has been making a tour of those countries which helped fight the invasion of Zaire's southern Shaba region. On Saturday (18 June), the Zairean leader made a 24-hour stopover in Senegal.
SYNOPSIS: President Mobutu and his wife were greeted at Dakar Airport by Senegal's leader, President Leopold Sedar Senghor, and his wife. Senegal was one of those countries which supplied help to President Mobutu when the invasion began in March. Shaba -- formerly Katanga -- is a mineral-rich province and President Mobutu has claimed that the invading forces were from neighbouring Angola. Zaire eventually repelled the invaders after Morocco sent troops and France military equipment.
President Mobutu said during his visit to Paris earlier this month that Zaire had wanted to use napalm against the forces attacking Shaba. However, the Zairean leader added the French military advisers had spoken out against such action and that he had ordered the country's stock of napalm to be destroyed. But the President has emphasised during his tour the importance of the foreign help Zaire received in repelling the invaders.