The President of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, expressed in Paris, France on Wednesday (19 September) his strong future relationships with Angola following the death of its President Agostinho Neto.
The President of Zaire, Mobutu Sese Seko, expressed in Paris, France on Wednesday (19 September) his strong future relationships with Angola following the death of its President Agostinho Neto. President Mobutu was speaking to newsmen after talks with French President Valery Giscard D'Estaing at the Elysee Palace.
SYNOPSIS: President Mobutu's private visit to Paris followed a week's stay in the United States. From Paris he was scheduled to go to Brussels for two days of talks with King Baudouin and the Belgian Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister.
President Mobutu was greeted by French officials before meeting with President Giscard for talks on matters of mutual interest. The Zairian President left for Brussels immediately after.
Before his departure President Mobutu spoke to newsmen about the Western Sahara conflict. He said he supported Morocco's stand because he was opposed to all new Micro-States in Africa, and because the Western Sahara was historically an integral part of the Moroccan Kingdom.
Mr. Mobutu spoke openly about his concern over whether the successor to President Neto would respect and continue the good relations between Angola and Zaire, indeed with all the countries of Central Africa.
He said he hoped the President's death would not destroy all the hard work that had been done in establishing peace and friendly relations.
To questions about his visit to the United States Mr. Mobutu said his eight-day stay was very useful in reaffirming relations. For almost twenty years, he said we have shared a good relationship, but in the past few months, there's been much confusion. However he said that confusion had now been straightened out.