Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu arrived in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, last Saturday (14 April) for a four day state visit.
Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu arrived in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, last Saturday (14 April) for a four day state visit. It was the fourth stop on his current African tour of seven countries. It is the Romanian leaders second visit to Africa in two years.
SYNOPSIS: President Ceausescu's wife accompanied him to Zambia. His visit came only two days after Rhodesian commandos had launched a lightening raid on Lusaka. Zambian President Kenneth Kuanda and his wife welcomed President Ceausescu. Romania has provided considerable aid for liberation movements in southern Africa including the Patriotic Front Alliance, ZAPU - which has bases in Zambia.
The Zambian New Agency Zana reported on Monday (16 April) that the Romanian President had pledged his country's support to "Liberation Movements, in southern Africa until final victory is assured and peace restored to the region". Referring to the recent raids against Nationalist guerrilla bases in Zambia, Kaunda vowed that no amount of intimidation, destruction of life and property would make Zambians change their principles. Zimbabwe's Patriotic Front co-leader Joshua Nkomo was on hand at the official ceremonies.
He was due to meet with the Romanian President and leading officials of SWAPO, the South West African People's organisation and the African National Congress of South Africa on Tuesday (17 April). President Ceausescu said he hoped his visit would contribute to the development of co-operation between Zambia and Romania.