Mozambique's President, Samora Machel, has recently finished his tour of West African nations. Before returning?
Mozambique's President, Samora Machel, has recently finished his tour of West African nations. Before returning to Mozambique, the President made a short stopover in the Congo capital, Brazzaville.
SYNOPSIS: President Machel was only in Brazzaville for a few hours and spent his time in discussions with Congo's President, Marien Ngouabi. Their talks were reported to centre on the present situation in southern Africa and on Mozambique's decision to close its border with Rhodesia. A United Nations mission reported in May that Mozambique will need about 400 million US dollars (about GBP235 million sterling) in aid over the next two years to compensate for sanctions against neighbouring Rhodesia. A number of countries, including the Congo, have said they will contribute towards the sum and have suggested it could be channelled through a United Nations special fund.
President Machel's West African tour took him to Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde, which, like Mozambique, were former Portuguese colonies. He then went on to Guinea where a communique was issued at the end of his state visit. It stated that the two countries had strengthened their relations and looked forward to stronger connections.
Before arriving in the Congo, President Machel also made short stops in Nigeria and Ghana.