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    President Omar Bongo of Gabon paid a brief visit to the Congo on Friday (27 May) - the second foreign head of state to pay an official call following the assassination in March of Congolese President Marien Ngouabi.

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    President Omar Bongo of Gabon paid a brief visit to the Congo on Friday (27 May) - the second foreign head of state to pay an official call following the assassination in March of Congolese President Marien Ngouabi. The two West African nations have shared close relations since their independence.

    SYNOPSIS: The country's new President, former Defence Minister Colonel Joachim Yhombi-Opango, was at Brazzaville airport to greet president Bongo.

    Colonel Yhombi-Opango, a close friend of his predecessor, took over as head of state last month after the abortive-coup in which President Ngbuabi died.

    A red scarf was tied round President Bongo's neck during the welcome. The Congo is a pro-Soviet nation run on Marxist-Lennist lines, although the new President is generally regarded as a moderate compared with president Ngouabi. As President of the Congo's ruling military committee, he combines the duties of head of state and Prime Minister. After the formal but friendly airport welcome,the two leaders got together for talks. According to official sources, they concentrated on the field of bilateral co-operation and also discussed general West African problems.

    President Bongo, whose visit only lasted a few hours, paid his respects to the late President Ngouabi by laying a wreath on his tomb.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2QT028XRZ8C19B3G693VC142Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA2QT028XRZ8C19B3G693VC142Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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