The Guinean Prime Minister, M. Lansana Beavogi is in Paris on the first visit by?
The Guinean Prime Minister, M. Lansana Beavogi is in Paris on the first visit by a high ranking government official since France and Guinea resumed relations earlier this month after a ten-year break.
On Wednesday (23 July), M. Beavogi had talks with the French President, M. Valery Giscard d'Estaing and the French Prime Minister, M. Jacques Chirac at the Elysee Palace.
After the meeting, M. Beavogi told newsmen there was nothing now to prevent the development of close co-operation between Guinea and rance. He said he was impressed by the attitude of the French President and welcomed the economic opportunities cooperation would create--as long as they were sincere.
Earlier, M. Beavogi had talks with the French Foreign Minister, M. Jean Sauvagnargues and after their meeting announced that all French prisoners held in Guinea for political reasons had now been released.
Frenchmen who were alleged to have taken part in an abortive invasion of Guinea in 1970 were jailed by the Guinean Government--but eighteen were released on the day before relations between the two countries were restored. France and Guinea will exchange ambassadors in October.
After his three day visit to Paris, M. Beavogi goes onto Uganda for the Organisation of African Unity summit meeting which opens in Kampala next week.