King Hassan of Morocco, who has been visiting Paris, had talks with President Pompidou at the Elysee Palace on Friday (November 20).
MV Hassan shakes hands and leaves Pompidou and speaks to reporters.
GV Hassan into car and away
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: REPORTER: Your Majesty, a word about the talks you have just had with President Pompidou.
KING HASSAN: Well, we have had talks about the question which can interest France and Morocco either bilaterally or at international level. I have been able to note with optimism that out views were quite similar, and I have expressed to the President the grief which the Royal Family and the Moroccan people felt upon the death of General De Gaulle. I have told him that if my visit had not been for such a sad mission it would have been extremely happy, as I have found what I expected to find, that is to say a full understanding of the Moroccan problems and a directness of thought and faithfulness in friendship.
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Background: King Hassan of Morocco, who has been visiting Paris, had talks with President Pompidou at the Elysee Palace on Friday (November 20).
After the meeting the King said their talks had covered matters of mutual interest and international questions.
King Hassan went to Paris last Wednesday (November 18) to pay homage to General De Gaulle and travelled to the village of Colombey-les-deux-Eglises about 120 miles (200 kms) south-east of Paris where the General lived. He visited his tomb there and was welcomed by the Mayor of Colombey, M. Jean Raullet.
King Hassan's father King Mohammed, had close personal relations with General De Gaulle who made him a companion of Liberation, the exclusive order of leading fighters for the liberation of France in World War II.
As he left the Elysee Palace on Friday, King Hassan spoke to reporters.