President Sekou Toure of Guinea visited Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace, during his second day in London, and later held a Press conference at Claridges Hotel, November 11.
GV British council building;
CU Name British Council.
SV Toure arrives.
GV Toure and party into building.
LV INT.. Greeting students.
CU Students PAN to Toure.
GV EXT.. Buckingham Palace.
LV Cars arrive at Palace.
BV Cars through gate to palace.
LV PAN INT..Press conference. (Claridges.)
SV Toure answers questions.
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Background: President Sekou Toure of Guinea visited Her Majesty the Queen, at Buckingham Palace, during his second day in London, and later held a Press conference at Claridges Hotel, November 11.
Wearing a brown astrakhan Mohammedan hat, Sekou Toure told reporters he would not accept loans from Britain or other Western countries. This would represent an insult to the dignity of his country, he said. But this did not apply, he explained to a loan of GBP12 million recently accepted from Russia.
Of his London visit M. Sekou Toure explained, "I did not come here looking for funds. We are not carpet sellers." Guinea wanted to earn the respect of other countries, as she respected others.
A pronounced Leftist, the President justified his country's one-party system of government because it represented the will of the people, and therefore had no need for opposition parties.
M. Toure flew in to London from America. Later this month he will go to Russia at the invitation of Premier Krushchev.
Shortly before U.K. Foreign Secretary, Selwyn Lloyd was due to meet French Premier Debre, a new obstacle in relations erupted, with an officially-inspired statement in the Paris press of France's displeasure over London's reception of President Sekou Toure of Guinea, now on an official visit to Britain.
Respect shown to President Toure - who defied President de Gaulle on the question of his country's independence - was regarded as an unfriendly gesture in France, the statement said.