President Omar Bango of Gabon visited the French President Vallery Giscard d'Estaing on Friday (21 April) for talks believed to be aimed at sorting out Gabon's foreign aid debt to France and the current situation in Chard.
LV: President Bongo of Gabon shakes hands with President Giscard d'Estaing on steps of Elysee and walks towards newsmen.
GV: President Bongo talking to newsmen.
SV: Reporter asks question and President Bongo replies.
CU: Gabon flag on car fender and car leaves Elysee.
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Background: President Omar Bango of Gabon visited the French President Vallery Giscard d'Estaing on Friday (21 April) for talks believed to be aimed at sorting out Gabon's foreign aid debt to France and the current situation in Chard.
SYNOPSIS: President Bongo who was on a three-day visit to France met the French Head of State at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Reuter reported that the meeting was aimed at arranging Gabon's repayment of a French Aid Bill totalling 1,600,000,000 Francs (355,000,000, U.S. Dollars). Later President Bongo who is currently President of the Organisation for African Unity (DAU) -- told newsmen that he was concerned at the situation in Chad, where government forces are engaged in conflict with FRONILAT guerrillas.
President Bongo told newsmen that he was increasingly concerned about recent developments in Chad, where Chad National Liberation Front guerrillas (FRONILAT) are fighting government troops in the North. President Bongo in his capacity as DAU President has called for a cease-fire between both parties, and pressed foreign governments to stop arms deliveries. The FRONILAT guerrillas are reported to be receiving military aid from the neighbouring Libyan Jamahiriyah, and France has sent some 300 Foreign Legion troops to reinforce their military contingent in the country
President Bongo who is due to visit Saudi Arabia on Sunday (23 April 1978) also said that he hoped to onvene an DAU temporary committee as soon as possible to promote a solution for chad's internal troubles.