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    A three-man delegation from the Ivory Coast arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday (6 October) on an official three-day visit.

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    A three-man delegation from the Ivory Coast arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday (6 October) on an official three-day visit.

    The delegation's arrival heralded the most significant step forward for South Africa's policy of winning friends and influence in black-ruled Africa since President Kamuzu Bandeau of Malawi made his state visit in August.

    The delegation arrived from a 30-nation assembly of politicians and diplomats in Lesotho which is celebrating its fifth anniversary of Independence. In the same aircraft bringing them from Lesotho were assembly delegates from Zambia and Nigeria returning home.

    SYNOPSIS: A three-man delegation from the Ivory Coast arrived in Johannesburg on Wednesday on an official visit. Their visit is the most significant step forward for South Africa's policy of winning friends and influence in black-ruled Africa since President Bandeau of Malawi made his visit in August. On the same aircraft was a delegation from Nigeria, who with the Ivorians, had been attending celebrations in Lesotho for the fifth anniversary of independence.

    The Ivory Coast delegation was led by Dr. Blaise N'dia Koffi, Minister of State. They were met at the airport by Mr. Montgomery of South Africa's ministry for Foreign Affairs. They later met Prime Minister John Vorster.

    President Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast said in Abidjan on Thursday that his delegation was in Pretoria for preliminary contacts with the Vorster government - and officials in Pretoria stressed that the delegation was not an official dialogues delegation but a reconnaissance mission to prepare the ground for further high-level contacts.

    Also en-route through Johannesburg, the Zambian delegation.

    The Ivorian delegation left the Johannesburg airport by car for Pretoria. The meeting with Mr. Vorster which was to last half and hour, was described by a government official as a private courtesy call.

    Mr. Vorster hopes that the Ivory Coast will show the way for other black African states to take up contact with South Africa.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA71RSAQN0P7CXDSVRO0RW9IQZM
    Media URN:
    VLVA71RSAQN0P7CXDSVRO0RW9IQZM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:53:00
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    N/A

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