Troops from Morocco and Zaire joined for a victory parade on Friday (17 June)to celebrate the defeat of the rebel army in Zaire's Shaba province.
Troops from Morocco and Zaire joined for a victory parade on Friday (17 June)to celebrate the defeat of the rebel army in Zaire's Shaba province. The parade was reviewed by President Mobuto Sese Seko of Zaire and King Hassan of Morocco.
SYNOPSIS: During the celebrations President Mobutu pinned a medal on King Hassan. The compliment was later returned when President Mobuto received a sash from the King.
The Zairois leader was on a four-day visit to Morocco following the return of Moroccan troops from the former Belgian Congo. King Hassan supplied 1,500 troops to support government forces in Zaire after the attack by former Katangan rebels who tried to overthrow President Mobuto.
The parade, headed by a military band, was the highlight of the president's visit. He attended a dinner given in his honour the night before by King Hassan.
Moroccan troops who led the parade played a vital part in repelling the rebels in Zaire - particularly with their heavy mortar fire.
??? While he was in Morocco, President Mobuto and his party discussed relations between the two countries. Zaire's Vice-President and Foreign Minister, Nguza Karl-I-Bond, met the Moroccan Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Doctor Ahmed Laraki, to discuss bi-lateral relations.
Zairois troops marched with the Moroccans in a combination that their leaders are eager to uphold. Moves are under way to draw up a joint commission that would hold regular meetings in both countries, to form bi-lateral tarriff and aviation agreements.
The leaders of the two countries were the centre of the celebrations but the King's son, Prince Hassan played his role.
But now that President Mobuto has returned home, he'll have several important economic matters to attend to. Inflation is running at a very high level and western banks have suspended a 250 million pound sterling (430 million US dollars) loan for the present.