President Marien Ngeuabi, of the People's Republic of the Congo, concluded two days of talks on Monday (13 March) with President Pompidou and top French officials.
President Marien Ngeuabi, of the People's Republic of the Congo, concluded two days of talks on Monday (13 March) with President Pompidou and top French officials. Figuring highly among the topics under discussion were economic issues, including French investment in the Congo. The two leaders also were expected to discuss technical assistance and the construction of the University of Brazzaville.
The visit is the first to France by a Congolese head of state since 1962.
A translation of the French sound on film interview follows:
SYNOPSIS: At Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday was President Marien Ngouabi, of the People's Republic of the Congo. He was concluding two days of talks with President Pompidou and other top French officials on a variety of topics in which economic issues had been expected to figure highly. The question of strengthened French-Congolese ties were also high on the agenda between the two leaders. The visit is the first by a Congolese head of state since 1962. Apart from a twenty-man Congolese delegation including the Finance and Foreign Ministers, President Ngouabi was accompanied to Paris by the Secretary-General of the Central African Customs and Economic union. The President is the organisation's current head and was expected to discuss aspects of its affairs with French officials as well as purely Congolese issues. President Ngouabi told reporters waiting outside the Elysee Palace that he was satisfied with his talks with President Pompidou. He said the talks had been aimed at finding solutions for both short-term and long-term issues. It was reported the two men were expected to include the issues of technical assistance and the building of the University of Brazzaville in their talks. In Brazzaville, before he left, President ngouabi said his visit was very important and either he would have to make it or president Pompidou would have to travel there. He say the visit was desirable both for the Congo and the Central African Customs and economic Union, whose heads of state had charged him with discussing serious problems concerning the Union. Referring to an abortive coup last month, President Ngouabi said the coup's organisers claimed he was going to France to "sell the Congo to President Pompidou." The Congolese President had denied reports that the abortive coup had resulted in hundreds of deaths and sixteen hundred arrests. He told a press conference in Brazzaville that the Congolese people wanted the coup's organisers to be executed. The President also said that aggressions were being prepared abroad against
the country. The Congolese Army Chief of Staff has alleged that the coup was organised by a man he described as an agent of the American Central Intelligence Agency.