Four African heads of state wind up their preliminary talks to Jerusalem on Friday (5 November), in a new initiative to solve the Middle East conflict, before flying to Cairo for similar meetings.
Four African heads of state wind up their preliminary talks to Jerusalem on Friday (5 November), in a new initiative to solve the Middle East conflict, before flying to Cairo for similar meetings. The four leaders, appointed by the Organisation of African Unity, comprise President Senghor of Senegal, President Ahidjo of Cameroun, General Gowon of Nigeria and President Mobutu of the Zaire Republic (formerly the Democratic Republic of the Congo--Congo Kinshasa).
The chairman of the group, President Senghor, has said the four leaders will return to Dakar to make a report, following the visit to Cairo. They are expected back in Jerusalem for further talks on 16 November. The mission has had four working sessions with Israeli leaders, led by Prime Minister Golda Meir and Foreign Minister Abba Eban, since their arrival on 2 November.
Sight-seeing tours of Jerusalem, arranged for the mission on Thursday (4 November), were sharply curtailed, so that the members could hold consultations among themselves. President Joseph Mobutu of the Zaire Republic, however, did manage visits to religious shrines in the Holy City, before the meetings continued.
SYNOPSIS: President Joseph Mobutu of the Zaire Republic--formerly Congo-Kinshasa--visited the holy laces of Christians, Jews and Moslems in Jerusalem on Thursday.
One of his first stops was at the Wailing Wall. President Mobutu is one of four African leaders, chosen by the Organisation of African Unity, on a new Middle East peace initiative. The fourth working session between the mission and Israeli leaders was held on Friday, before the O-A-U mission left for Cairo and similar talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
The Morocco Gate and Temple Mount were also on President Mobutu's tour, as he and other members of the mission--President Senghor of Senegal, President Ahidjo of Cameroun and General Gowon of Nigeria--took a short break from the schedule of meetings.