A warm welcome greeted Zambia's President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, everywhere he went during his State?
A warm welcome greeted Zambia's President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, everywhere he went during his State Visit to Ethiopia. The visit was made immediately before the opening in Addis Ababa today (September 1) of the summit conference of the Organisation of African Unity.
President and Mrs. Kaunda were given a 21-gun salute when they arrived at Bole International Airport and were welcomed by Ethiopia's 78-year-old monarch. Emperor Haile Selassie.
The two leaders held talks on international affairs and on cementing the relations between the two countries. The Emperor gave a State Banquet at the Jubilee Palace in honour of the visiting couple.
One of the highlights of the President's visit was a tour of the museum at Haile Selassie University where he was shown something of the history of this ancient Africa kingdom. The dynasty of the Emperor claims descent from the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.
Dr Kaunda is leading the Zambian delegation at the African summit conference. He is accompanied by five of his Ministers.
SYNOPSIS: The Victory Monument in Addis Ababa where Zambia's President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, laid a wreath in memory of those who fell in the fight for Ethiopia's liberation. The Zambian leader is in the Ethiopian capital for the Summit Conference of the Organisation of African Unity, which began today (September 1). He arrived four days earlier, at the invitation of Emperor Haile Selassie, to pay a State Visit. The 78-year-old Emperor was at the airport to meet Dr. Kaunda and his wife.
On the second day of the State Visit the President and his wife were shown round the museum at Haile Selassie University. The ancient kingdom is rich in culture. In the outside world its people were first mentioned by Homer and the country has been Christian since the 4th Century, making it unique in Africa.
A golden crown which was shown to the visitors was a reminder that Emperor Haile Selassie is the latest monarch in a dynasty that goes back thousands of years. He claims descent from the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. President Kaunda comes from humbler origins. He was a farmer and teacher before entering politics. Ethiopians gave him a warm welcome throughout his visit.
Dr. Kaunda is leading a ten-man delegation to the O.A.U. conference, including five Ministers. On leaving the museum he met a student who presented him with a portrait. Later in the day he was guest of honour at a State Banquet given by the Emperor. The two leaders, both pioneers in the struggle for African unity, held talks on strengthening relations between their two countries. They also discussed international relations.