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    President Ahmadou Ahidjo of Cameroon has arrived in Algeria for what has been described as a "friendly and ???" four day visit.

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    President Ahmadou Ahidjo of Cameroon has arrived in Algeria for what has been described as a "friendly and ???" four day visit.

    SYNOPSIS: President Ahidjo's plane touched down at Algiers airport on Wednesday (27 July) and waiting to greet him was his Algerian counterpart, President Houari Boumedienne and other officials. The two Presidents reviewed a guard of honour before entering the airport buildings.

    The official Algerian newspaper "El Moujahid" said in an editorial on President Ahidjo's visit that Cameroon and Algeria have many interests in common on both internal government and international affairs. The paper also noted that the Cameroon President's assessment of the situation in southern Africa was similar to that of the Algerian government.

    Before leaving the airport President Ahidjo spoke to newsmen, saying that he deplored last week's clashes between Egypt and Libya. He also paid tribute to President Boumedienne's mediation efforts, describing the Algerian leader as his "brother and friend".

    Speaking about the tensions in various countries throughout Africa, President Ahidjo said that he viewed them with deep regret and emphasised that African leaders should be very much aware of the responsibilities they carry for the development of their countries and the welfare of their people. He added that the leaders should block all efforts at domination by interests and ideologies coming from abroad.

    The Cameroon President also said that he hoped that eventually African wisdom would triumph and that people in government would realise that they will have to decide among themselves what is best for Africa and the best means of achieving friendship between all African nations.

    President Ahidjo became Cameroon's first President when the country became an independent republic on the first of January 1960. Since then he has strengthened his position and was re-elected by 99 per cent of registered voters in April, 1975.

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