Ivory Coast President Houphouet-Boigny who has better relations with Israel than most African countries, refused to comment on the possibility of breaking diplomatic relations with the Jewish State during his recent French visit.
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Background: Ivory Coast President Houphouet-Boigny who has better relations with Israel than most African countries, refused to comment on the possibility of breaking diplomatic relations with the Jewish State during his recent French visit.
Newsmen questioned the President on the subject after his meeting with French President Georges Pompidou on Wednesday (October 24). President Houphouet-Boigny said his country upheld the light of Egypt and other Arab states to territory captured by Israel during the 1967 war, but he would only speak about ???stions like breaking of diplomatic relations, in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast capital - not Paris.
President Houphouet-Boigny said he had talks with President Pompidou on matters of mutual interest. He thought the next summit of French African nations and France would probably take place in Abidjan in November.
The President had just returned from a two week visit to the United States, where he spoke about the Middle East war with President Nixon ad the new Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger. He arrived in Le Havre on the liner 'France' on Tuesday evening.
SYNOPSIS: French African President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast was a guest at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on Wednesday.
He has just returned from a two week visit to the United States where he discussed the Middle East war with President Nixon and new Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger. President Houphouet-Boigny arrived at Le Havre on the liner 'France' on Tuesday evening.
The Middle East war was again high on the agenda for Mr. Houphouet-Boigny's talks with French President Pompidou.
The President, who was sixty-eight during his voyage to America, discussed matters of mutual interest and arranged a provisional meeting in Abidjan, the Ivory Coast capital in late November.
Waiting reporters asked the President about the recent trouble with Guinea's President Ahmed Sekou Toure. President Toure regards President Houphouet-Boigny as an imperialist. Last week President Toure called on Ivory Coast citizens to curse President Houphouet-Boigny and prepare his assassination. But two days of prayer marked his birthday in the country.
The newsmen also asked the President about the Middle East war. He said his country though Egypt and other Arab States involved had a right to the territory captured by Israel from them in the nineteen sixty seven war.
Thirteen African countries have broken diplomatic relations with Israel. The Ivory Coast has better relations than most with Israel but after the President had expressed his views, the newsmen wanted to know if the ivory Coast was going to break off diplomatic relations as well.
The President would not be drawn on the subject. He said it was a question to be answered in Abidjan - not Paris.