• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA ARRIVED IN LIBREVILLE ON SUNDAY (24 JANUARY) AT THE START OF A THREE-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT, HIS FIRST EVER TO GABON.

  • Description

    PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA ARRIVED IN LIBREVILLE ON SUNDAY (24 JANUARY) AT THE START OF A THREE-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT, HIS FIRST EVER TO GABON. THE CONGOLESE PRESIDENT WAS GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY PRESIDENT ALBERT BERNARD BONGO OF GABON.

    IN A WELCOMING SPEECH, PRESIDENT BONGO SAID THERE WERE NO PROBLEMS BETWEEN THE TWO STATES, "ALTHOUGH WE HAVE TAKEN DIFFERENT VIEWPOINTS OVER THE NIGERIAN QUESTION". GABON RECOGNISED THE SECESSIONIST EASTERN REGION, WHILE CONGO-KINSHASA SUPPORTED THE FEDERALS.

    PRESIDENT BONGO SAID HE WAS PREPARED TO OFFER HIS SERVICES IN IMPROVING RELATIONS BETWEEN CONGO-KINSHASA AND CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE. PRESIDENT MOBUTU HAS SAID HE IS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO END HIS COUNTRY'S RIFT WITH NEIGHBOURING CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE.

    ON MONDAY (26 JANUARY), THE TWO HEADS OF STATE ISSUED A JOINT COMMUNIQUE BEFORE PRESIDENT MOBUTU LEFT LIBREVILLE FOR LAGOS, THE NEXT STOP ON HIS II-DAY TOUR OF FIVE AFRICAN NATIONS. THE COMMUNIQUE SAID GABON AND CONGO KINSHASA HAD AGREED TO ESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS AT AMBASSADORIAL LEVEL.

    THE COMMUNIQUE ADDED THAT THE TWO COUNTRIES WOULD FORGE DIRECT AIR AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS LINKS BETWEEN THEIR TWO CAPITALS.

    IT SAID THE TWO HEADS OF STATE RECOGNISED THE NEED FOR GOOD-NEIGHBOURLY RELATIONS IN CENTRAL AFRICA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2K7RL1IBBLKMKI4QRPUTB72QY
    Media URN:
    VLVA2K7RL1IBBLKMKI4QRPUTB72QY
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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