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    The Congolese President, Marien Ngouabi, arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, on Monday (16 February) for talks with President Mobutu Sese Seko.

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    The Congolese President, Marien Ngouabi, arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, on Monday (16 February) for talks with President Mobutu Sese Seko.

    He had earlier announced a postponement of the visit to neighbouring Zaire because of newspaper and radio attacks against his country.

    The talks were principally expected to centre on the Angolan civil war where the two countries back rival nationalist movements.

    At a news conference, President Ngouabi said the Congo and Zaire are separated by a river, but that was only a geographical coincidence. He said that in spite of some differences of opinion between the leaders on Angola, the views on Central Africa were basically in agreement and that his visit was the best proof of that.

    He said his personal opinion was that as long as South African troops were in Angola there would never be peace.

    President Mobutu welcomed President Ngouabi and said the two countries continued to enjoy good relations.

    On Angola, he said Zaire was not systematically opposed to the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (the MPLA). He said he would visit the Congolese capital of Brazzaville soon.

    SYNOPSIS: Kinshasa, the capital of Zaire, where the Presidents of Zaire and the Congo met for talks on Monday. The talks centred mainly on bilateral relations, and developments in Angola.

    The two neighbouring countries have held opposing views on the Angolan civil war, with the Congo supporting the Marxist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, the MPLA. Zaire supported the two rival factions, the pro-Western National Front for the Liberation of Angola, the FNLA, and UNITA, the National Union for Total Independence. President Marien Ngouabi of the Congo is seen here arriving by helicopter and being greeted by President Mobutu Sese Seko.

    President Ngouabi had earlier postponed his visit because of what were described as newspaper and radio attacks against his country by the Zaire news media. The Congo's official radio broadcasts were stressing that the "pernicious atmosphere" did not favour the holding of the meeting.

    There has also been a threat of dissension between the two over the oil-rich enclave of Cabinda, and it was feared the two Governments might be drawn into full-scale conflict.

    The two presidents later said that the countries continued to enjoy good relations, in spite of their differences on the Angolan question. President Mobutu also announced his intention to visit the Congo at a later date.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7Y2Y7F852G05SA4HVC4XOAMY6
    Media URN:
    VLVA7Y2Y7F852G05SA4HVC4XOAMY6
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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