President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal in Paris on Saturday (13 October) his first stop on a European tour that will also take him to West Germany, and Britain.
President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal in Paris on Saturday (13 October) his first stop on a European tour that will also take him to West Germany, and Britain. On Monday (15 October), President Senghor had talks with President Pompidou at his official residence, the Elysee Palace.
Afterwards, President Senghor elaborated on the meeting. Speaking in French, he Explained that Senegal has revised its agreements with France early every year since 1964. The cultural agreement had been first, he said, because Senegal gives priority to culture. Now defence and economic agreements are to ??? reviewed with President Pompidou, he said.
On the Middle East, President Senegal said three things must be done. The Palestinians must have a home, the Arab territories occupied by Israel must be given back, and the Israelis also must have a home.
On his arrival in France, President Senghor indicated that he had been asked to lead an African peace mission to Egypt and Israel, similar to one headed in 1971. He did not say who had asked him but added "I said yes, but on conditio that Israel makes a non-annexation statement."
SYNOPSIS: President Leopold Senghor of Senegal arrived at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday for a meeting with the French President, Georges Pompidou.
Paris was the first stopover for President Senghor who is also visiting West Germany and Britain.
His trip abroad was described in Dakar as a "working journey".
The severe West African drought which has affected Senegal has caused economic problems, but in Dakar, a spokesman would only say that the two Presidents would be discussing bilateral problems.
After the meeting, President Senghor elaborated on the talks.
He explained that since 1964, Senegal has been reviewing its agreements with France nearly every year.
The First agreement reviewed concerned culture, President Senghor said. This was because of the priority his country gives to culture.
To illustrate this point, he quoted Senegal's budget spending on education -- 33 per cent.
Now, the President said, all the agreements are being revised with President Pompidou. Defence and economy will be the next to come under scrutiny.
Turning to the Middle East, President Senghor stressed three points that he said must be considered if there was to be peace.
The Palestinians must have a home. The Arab land which had been occupied by force must be given back. And the Israelis too, he said, had a right to a home.
When President Senghor arrived in Paris he indicated that he had been asked to lead an African peace mission to Egypt and Israel similar to one he headed in 1971.