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    Kenya has pledged its full support for Zambia in its economic difficulties following Rhodesia's closure of the Zambian border.

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    GV Nairobi airport building ZOOM INTO CU

    CU Coat of Arms of Kenya

    CU Osogo statement

    IN: "The Zambian..."

    OUT:".. Smith regime."

    MV Three ministers seated (Soko in centre)

    CU Soko speaking

    IN: "We have been.."

    OUT:"... will be channelled."

    OSOGO: "The Zambian delegation also visited Mombasa to survey the harbour and other allied facilities, with a view to utilising them for Zambia's requirements about exports and imports. The Government has also lodged its full support to the Zambian Government in the difficulties it faces as a result of the illegal and inhuman activities being pursued by the illegal Smith regime"

    SOKO: "We have been assured that we will be able to obtain our....some of our commodities from Kenya, and I am quite sure that once negotiations are finalised - these are the detailed negotiations with our various organisations - the requirements will be forthcoming to Zambia. We've asked for facilities at Mombasa Port; we've collected all the data that we require; we're going home and the Government (NOTE: ZAMBIAN) will be making a decision very shortly. I want to make it clear that we have been to Malawi, and here in Kenya, and the delegation has been in Dar es Salaam. We are collecting information with regard to capacities of these ports. Our Government has yet to make a decision as to how copper and....copper exports and imports will be channelled."

    Initials ESP/2322 ESP/2345

    We refer to Production number 686/A/73 - "KENYA: TANZANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER PROMISES SUPPORT FOR ZAMBIA FOLLOWING RHODESIA BORDER CLOSURE" also serviced from London on Monday (January 22).

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    Background: Kenya has pledged its full support for Zambia in its economic difficulties following Rhodesia's closure of the Zambian border. This was revealed on Saturday (January 20) by Kenyan Minister for Commerce and Industry, Mr. James Osogo, in a statement at Nairobi airport where he was saying farewell to a senior Zambian delegation returning home after a three-day visit.

    During their visit the Zambians - Trade and Industry Minister Mr. Ackson Soko, and Transport Minister Mr. Fwanyanja Mulikita - visited the port of Mombasa with a view to re-routing exports there that had previously gone through Rhodesia and South Africa. On their farewell, Mr. Soko said he was returning home with a reassurance that Zambia could, if it wished, route exports and imports through Mombasa. He also said that he had delivered a message from Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda to Kenyan President Jomo Kenyatta.

    SYNOPSIS: Kenya's Minister of Commerce, Mr. James Osogo, revealed at Nairobi airport on Saturday that his government had promised to support Zambia following Rhodesia's closure of their border. He was seeing off a visiting Zambian delegation.

    Zambian Trade Minister Mr. Ackson Soko, departing for home after the three-day visit, also spoke.

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