• Short Summary

    President Moktar Ould Daddeah of Mauritania, on a week-long official visit to Chad, was made an Honorary Citizen of the capital, Ndjamena, and addressed a special meeting of the ruling political party on Friday (November 16).

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    President Moktar Ould Daddeah of Mauritania, on a week-long official visit to Chad, was made an Honorary Citizen of the capital, Ndjamena, and addressed a special meeting of the ruling political party on Friday (November 16).

    The Mauritanian President rode with President Ngarta Tombalbay of Chad in a motorcade through the capital's streets to the Congress Hall, where he addressed the National Movement for the Cultural and Social Revolution (NMCSR), the country's only political party.

    President Ould Daddah spent a week in Chad before flying on to Cameroun for talks with President Ahmadou Ahidjo, and then to Zaire, to take part in celebrations marking President Mobutu Sese Seke's takeover of power in 1965.

    Mauritania is a Moslem country and Chad has a large Moslem population, bordering on Libya and the Sudan. Both countries have been severely affected by the drought over the entire area bordering the southern Sahara.

    While official press releases on the meetings between the two president referred principally to political discussions and relations between the two countries, the drought, oil supplies, and the Middle East conflict were believed to have been discussed.

    SYNOPSIS: President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania rode with President Ngarta Tombalbaye of Chad through Ndjamena, the Chadian capital, during his week-long official visit.

    The official ceremonies were seen by tens of thousands of residents of the capital and people who came from surrounding villages to participate. Besides a march-past and review of troops by the two presidents, the ceremonies included bands, singing, dancing, and folk groups. From the parade, the presidents went to the Ndjamena City Hall, Where President Ould Daddah was made an Honorary Citizen of the capital.

    Local leaders, including the Mayer of Ndjamena, Mr. Hahamat Djarma, welcomed President Ould Daddah, was said "I really do not know how to express my appreciation." President Tombalbaye replied that Chad was very proud to receive the Mauritian leader.

    Later, Mayor Hahamat Djarma presented Madam Ould Daddah with a gift from the citizens of Ndjamena, and the President signed the Visitor's Book, to conclude the ceremonies at the City Hall.

    The Presidents and their official parties rode through the streets of the capital in an open car, cheered by tens of thousands of people, to the National Congress Hall.

    A special meeting of the National Movement for the Cultural and Social Revolution, the country's only political party, had been called to hear an address by the Mauritanian President.

    After opening speeches by party leaders welcoming President Ould Daddah, President Tombalbaye said that Mauritania had set and example on which Chad could model its political future.

    President Ould Daddah concentrated on the political development of Africa, the continuing struggle against colonialism, and said that Africa must act rather than talk. The final communique promised closer cooperation between the two countries.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA31GUAHQ77Z2WKR1LCCFCC4VBM
    Media URN:
    VLVA31GUAHQ77Z2WKR1LCCFCC4VBM
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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