The French President Giscard d'Estaing has expressed disappointment in the social and economic development in Zaire since the invasion of the Shaba province earlier this year.
The French President Giscard d'Estaing has expressed disappointment in the social and economic development in Zaire since the invasion of the Shaba province earlier this year. At a press conference in Paris the President also expressed a desire for closer relations with Algeria.
SYNOPSIS: President Valery Giscard d'Estaing spoke of development in Zaire and French/Algerian relations at the seventh major press conference since his election in May 1974.
The President said he hoped Algerian President Houari Boumedianne would soon recover from his present ill-health. President Giscard d'Estaing then went on to discuss the re-establishment of Algeria's relations with France and how so-operation could be developed.
The President believes that conditions are right to consolidate French/Algerian economic co-operation and that the nations could examine the problems of equilibrium and peace in the Algerian region.
The President told journalists of a meeting last week between the Prime Ministers of Zaire, Angola, and Zambia, the three countries, which he said were directly or indirectly involved in the clashes last spring and that conditions of peace and stability had been re-established in that part of Africa.
But, President Giscard's d'Estaing regretted that there is not more support coming from those countries which had said at the time they were concerned about the situation in Zaire.