General Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire made a lightening stopover in Rabat, Morocco on Wednesday the 8th of February for talks with King Hassan, on his way back from a six-day trip to Belgium.
CU President Mobutu out of aircraft and greeted by Moroccan Prime Minister Ahmed Osman
CU President Mobutu receives bouquet and embraces child
SV Youth dancing
LV Mobutu arrives by car at Royal palace
CU PAN FROM Hassan TO Mobutu
SV King Hassan meets members of Mobutu's family and takes child in his arms
SV PAN King hands child back to mother and walks with Mobutu onto terrace where Mobutu accepts drink and dates
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Background: General Mobutu Sese Seko, President of Zaire made a lightening stopover in Rabat, Morocco on Wednesday the 8th of February for talks with King Hassan, on his way back from a six-day trip to Belgium. Reuters say his visit to Morocco was aimed at improving flagging relations with the Rabat Government.
SYNOPSIS: On arrival at Rabat Airport, President Mobutu was met by the Moroccan Prime Minister Ahmed Osman and other government officials.
Also among the party was a group of children and dancers, who did their best to make the Zaire leader feel welcome, before he got down to the serious business of top level talks with King Hassan at his palace. When he arrived there, the visiting President was greeted warmly by the King and his family.
Reuters say President Mobutu's visits to Belgium and Morocco were intended to improve relations in general, and also to encourage more overseas investment in Zaire, which is being hard hit by the falling copper price, higher oil costs, and an inflation rate running at over 30 per cent. The emphasis in Morocco was more on strengthening ties between the two countries, and president Mobutu had talks only with King Hassan and members of his Government. He left the next day for an official visit to Ivory Coast.