INTRODUCTION: The President of the Ivory Coast, Monsieur Felix Houphouet-Boigny has been on an official visit to France.
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Background: PARIS, FRANCE
INTRODUCTION: The President of the Ivory Coast, Monsieur Felix Houphouet-Boigny has been on an official visit to France. On Tuesday (4 August) he had talks with the new French President Monsieur Mitterrand.
SYNOPSIS: The leader of the former French colony in West Africa met French President Francois Mitterrand for talks at the Elysee Palace, and afterwards he spoke to newsmen.
President Houphouet-Boigny said he had been looking forward to seeing President Mitterrand, an old friend, while he was in Paris. The two leaders had discussions on matters of mutual interest.
The words of President Mitterrand, said the African leader, were proof of the warm interest the French leader had always showed to the Ivory Coast, an interest which had never failed during the long friendship between the two leaders. This friendship, said President Houphouet-Boigny,had lasted for more than thirty years.
President houphouet-Boigny's Ivory Coast is known as one of the more stable countries in Africa, although a slump in cocoa and coffee prices has meant hard times recently. But there is offshore oil on the Ivory Coast, and experts are predicting a boom that will see the country self-sufficient in oil by 1982. It's thought the country could be producing some 200,000 barrels a day in three years time.
President Houphouet-Boigny's latest visit to France is seen as a strengthening of already close ties between the two countries. And although oil may eventually mean an economic upturn for the Ivory coast, it is countries like France and others, through the International Monetary Fund, that are bailing the West African state out of its current financial difficulties.
President Houphouet-Boigny was expected to return to the Ivory Coast's expected to return to the Ivory Coast's capital of Abidjan later this week.
Source: REUTERS - TRAN HUU TRONG