President Sekou Toure of Guinea arrived in Bamako on Saturday (12 July) to begin his first visit to Mali for ten years.
President Sekou Toure of Guinea arrived in Bamako on Saturday (12 July) to begin his first visit to Mali for ten years. He was warmly greeted at the airport by his host, Mali President Moussa Traore.
The visit came shortly after President Sekou Toure had hosted talks in the Guinea capital, Conakry, between Colonel Traore and Upper Volta President Sangoule Lamizana. The discussions were aimed at ending the long-running border dispute between Mali and Upper Volta.
President Sekou Toure described his visit to mali as "strengthening the militant solidarity" between the two countries.
At a mass rally in Bamako Omnisports stadium on Sunday (13 July), the Guinea leader told a crowd of over twenty-five thousand people that the conflict between Mali and Upper Volta was over. He said that never more would the two countries take up arms against each other.
President Sekou Toure took the opportunity to announce that full diplomatic relations between his country and France would be restored from 14 July. He said that this move and come about after a series of discussions between French and Guinean officials. Relations between the two countries were broken off in 1965 after seven years of dispute.
Finally, the Guinean President called upon Mali to join in the struggle to remove what he called the growing "middle class' of Africans dedicated to maintaining "imperialism and ???-colonialism".
President Sekou Toure of Guinea arrived in Bamako on Saturday to begin a brief visit to Mali. He was greeted at the airport by his host, Mali President Colonel Moussa Traore.
The visit was President Sekou Toure's first to Mali for ten years.
The Guinean leader has recently been instrumental with other West African leaders in attempts to solve the long-running border dispute between Mali and Upper Volta.
President Sekou Toure described his visit to Mali as "strengthening the militant solidarity" between the two countries."
The Guinean leader met an array of local and government officials during the airport ceremony. He had arrived in Bamako following further talks with Upper Volta leaders in Ouagadougou on Friday finalising a settlement with Mali.
After leaving the airport, President Sekou Toure and Colonel Traore drove through the streets of Babako in an open car....in pouring rain. Thousands of cheering Malians lined the roadside. Throughout Friday and Saturday Mali Radio had praised the Guinean leader for his efforts towards peace and African unity.
On the following day -- Sunday -- President Traore accompanied the Guinean leader to a mass rally in Bamako's huge Omnisports stadium. More than twenty-five thousand people had assembled to hear President Sekou Toure speak. Colonel Traore told the crowd of his quest's work towards ending Mali's dispute.
President Sekou Toure gave the crowd details of the final solution in the border dispute. He also announced that Guinea was restoring full diplomatic relations with France after break of ten years.