The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mr.
SCU: Moroccan Foreign Minister, mr M'Hamed Boucetta (left wearing glasses) with Ivory Coast Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Simeon Ake in conference hall taking seats.
SV: Journalists entering room and taking seats
SV: Mr Boucetta sitting at table with other officials
SV: People seated in hall listening to Mr Ake speaking
CU ZOOM OUT: Mr Ake speaking.
CU: Reporters writing notes
LV AND CU: Mr Boucetta speaking (2 shots)
SV: Officials and others applauds (2 shots)
SV: Mr. Boucetta shaking hands with Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny at his residence
CU: Mr Boucetta and President Houphouet-Boigny speaking at talks.
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Background: The Moroccan Foreign Minister, Mr. M'Hamed Boucetta has made an official four-day visit to the Ivory Coast to improve co-operation and bi-lateral trade between the two countries. During the visit Mr. Boucetta held talks with the Ivory Coast President Felix Houphouet-Boigny on international matters, including the recent Rhodesian elections. Observers say the political situation in the Western Sahara was also discussed.
SYNOPSIS: The results of talks between Mr. Boucetta and the Ivory Coast Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Simeon Ake were outlined to journalists at a news conference in Abidjan. The Foreign Ministers had signed an economic and technical co-operation agreement and had drafted a fiscal agreement and a consular agreement on visas. They had also agreed to begin negotiations on judicial and maritime agreements.
Trade dominated the talks and Mr. Boucetta attended the closing session of the Ivory Coast and Morocco mixed mission and had discussions with Trade and Agricultural Ministers. At present there is a trade imbalance in favour of the Ivory Coast which Morocco wants to rectify.
Mr Boucetta delivered a message to President Houphouet-Boigny from King Hassan of Morocco during a visit to Yamoussoukro -- the birthplace of the Ivory Coast President. A small village twenty years ago, Yamoussoukro is now a modern city in the heart of the jungle.