President Idid Amin of Uganda was promised military aid to Zaire if the situation in the country warrants it.
GV Aircraft taxis in with President Mobutu of Zaire waiting in foreground
CU Ugandan President ??? Amin leaves aircraft and greeted by President Mobutu
CU Young girl speaks and present President Amin with flowers
CU President Amin speaks to newsmen
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: AMIN: "It is now time for me to come and see for myself and be briefed by President Mobutu and I have come with the top people in the Defence Council, military and the Air Force and also high-powered delegation to study the situation and to get first-class information form President Mobutu."
REPORTER: "Will you be offering any military or economic assistance, sir?"
AMIN: "Yes, if I see the situating is very serious, I will be in a position to assist Zaire militarily."
REPORTER: "What do you think of the Russian policy here in Africa?"
AMIN: "I cannot tell you this now... after I have discussed with my brother."
REPORTER: "How many troops would you be able to send if it was necessary?"
AMIN: "I can't tell you where and when, I can't tell you now."
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Background: President Idid Amin of Uganda was promised military aid to Zaire if the situation in the country warrants it.
SYNOPSIS: President Amin made the promise at the start of a short visit to Kinshasa, Zaire's capital, on Friday (22 April). President Mobutu Sese Seko was at Kinshasa Airport to welcome the Ugandan leader. The previous day, President Amin said he had information form reliable source that forces opposed to President Mobutu's government were moving across Tanzania to capture the Zaire town of Kalemi.
Uganda Radio quoted President Amin as saying the capture of Kalemi, on Lake Tanganyika, would strengthen the position of forces who had invaded the southern Zaire province of Shaba. He said the movement of forces across Tanzania was the real reason why that country had tightened the closure of is border with Kenya.
The Ugandan leader also reaffirmed his intention to attend the meeting of Commonwealth leaders in London in June, and said he had sent Ugandan security officers into Britain under disguise to prepare for his visit. At Kinshasa Airport, he spoke to newsmen about his flying visit to Zaire.