At the end of a joint ministerial meeting between Sudan and Kenya, the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Dr Mansour, warned "foreign powers" not to interfere in the affairs of the Horn of Africa.
SV INTERIOR: Sudanese Foreign Mansour Khalid signing and exchanging documents with Kenyan Commerce and Industry Minister E.T. Mwamunga. Ministers rise and shake hands to applause.
SV: Dr. Munwua Waiyaki Kenyan Foreign Minister, speaking in English.
DR Mansour Khalid Sudanese Foreign Minister, speaking.
Dr MUNWUA WAIYAKI, KENYA FOREIGN MINISTER: "We are very much concerned, particularly in regard to the Horn of Africa, so we have decided together and with other sister countries of Africa within the OUA to try and fight against foreign intrusion in the affairs of Africa and I am talking about foreign intrusion in the good sense that perhaps the one intrusion doesn't count half as many than at least if it does than I'm talking about uninvited intrusion as opposed to invited involvement."
FOREIGN MINISTER: "The independence of Djibouti must be guaranteed. Djibouti is small and it's unable by itself against possible aggression, so it needs to be supported and I think it falls on the regional organisations, the OAU, the Arab League, to defend the independence of Djibouti. But whether the French troops who stay or not, I think the decision for this should lie squarely with the new government of Djibouti and whatever they decide we will support them."
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Background: At the end of a joint ministerial meeting between Sudan and Kenya, the Sudanese Foreign Minister, Dr Mansour, warned "foreign powers" not to interfere in the affairs of the Horn of Africa. Dr Khalid was in Nairobi for three days of talks with Kenyan officials discussing the need for further cooperation between the two countries:
Djibouti, which lies between Ethiopia and Somalia on the Red Sea Coast, gets its independence from France on June 27th. Ethiopia and Somalia both have rival claims on Djibouti and three weeks ago tension in the area was increased when a rail line connecting Ethiopia with Djibouti was blown up, preventing Ethiopia access to the sea. President Ja'afar al Wimeity of Sudan said last month that Soviet influence in Ethiopia posed a serious threat to the area.
SYNOPSIS: At a public ceremony at the end of the talks the Sudanese Foreign Minister signed a series of bilateral commercial agreements with Kenyan officials. Afterwards, the officials of both countries turned their attention to the affairs of Africa. Later, Kenyan Foreign Minister. Dr Munwua Waiyaki and Dr Khalid warned against any big power involvement in the continent specially in the area known as the Horn of Africa which includes Djibouti.