The President of Tanzania, Mr. Julius Nyerere, was at Dar es Salaam airport on Sunday?
The President of Tanzania, Mr. Julius Nyerere, was at Dar es Salaam airport on Sunday (26 May), to greet President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, who arrived from Lusaka for talks on the situation in Portugal's African territories. He had left Lusaka in Zambia after having had similar talks with President Kenneth Kaunda.
An elaborate reception, including a Tanzanian dancing troupe, had been laid on at the airport for President Mobutu's arrival. The two leaders were then driven to the State House in central Dar es Salaam, which is President Nyerere's official residence.
President Mobutu was accompanied by Mr. Holden Roberto, the leader of the Angola Liberation Front (FNLA). He was warmly greeted by President Nyerere and officials form FRELIMO, the insurgent organisation fighting the Portuguese in Mozambique.
The insurgent organisations are believed to be seeking advice on what sort of terms t demand from the new Portuguese Government. All three countries -- Zaire, Zambia, and Tanzania -- have common borders with either Angola or Mozambique, or both.
Tanzanian Government officials said that the two Presidents were expected to discuss the situation in Angola and Mozambique, before inviting the insurgent leaders to join the talks. In fact, President Mobutu stayed in Dar Es Salaam over-night. He left the next day for home. Government officials gave no details of the talks, except to say that they were cordial and covered bilateral issues as well as the liberation struggle.