The French Foreign Minister Louis de Guiringaud has been holding talks with the Kenyan Vice President Daniel Arap Moi.
The French Foreign Minister Louis de Guiringaud has been holding talks with the Kenyan Vice President Daniel Arap Moi. In a 45 minute meeting in Nairobi on Friday (12 August) Mr de Guiringaud told Mr Moi that France was concerned at the fighting between Ethiopia and Somalia. The two men also discussed the situation in Southern Africa. Mr de Guiringaud arrived in Kenya on Thursday (11 August) at the start of a ten day tour of African countries.
SYNOPSIS: He was met at the airport by the Kenyan Foreign Minister Dr Munyua Waiyaki. Mr de Guiringaud will spend three days in Kenya before going on to Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania, the three states involved with events in Southern Africa. The tour by the French foreign minister is part of a drive launched by President Giscard d'Estaing to widen France's influence in the non-French speaking parts of Africa. In the past France, has confined its interest mainly to its former colonies. Mr de Guiringaud said he was making the tour because France's policy in Africa was misunderstood and misrepresented and hoped that the discussions would help. In an effort to widen its influence in Black Africa, President Giscard d'Easting has imposed am embargo of French arms sales to South Africa which had been strongly criticised among African countries closely associated with the nationalist campaign for black majority rule in Southern Africa.
In its talks with the French foreign minister, Vice President minister, Vice President Moi thanked France for extending the embargo.
Mr de Guiringaud expressed his concern about the fighting between Ethiopia and Somalia. He told Mr Moi that the French Government rejected a request by Somalia for large supplies of modern weapons but had agreed to supply small quantities of arms for defence purposes. The two men also discussed bilateral economic and technical cooperation. Mr de Guiringaud who leaves for Zambia on Saturday (13 August) will also be meeting black nationalist leaders whose guerillas are fighting for majority rule in Rhodesia and Namibia.