The Head of State of Chad, General Felix Malloum, has signed a protocol on economic and technical co-operation with China, according to the New China News Agency.
The Head of State of Chad, General Felix Malloum, has signed a protocol on economic and technical co-operation with China, according to the New China News Agency. General Malloum arrived in Peking on an official visit on Wednesday (20 September).
SYNOPSIS: On his arrival at Peking airport, General Malloum was greeted by communist party chairman and Premier Hua Kuo-feng. The welcoming party also included Chinese vice-premiers Li Hsien-nien and Keng Pia. That morning, an editorial in the People's Daily, the communist party organ, had offered warm greetings to General Malloum, who has led his country since 1975.
The editorial said that, under General Malloum's leadership, the people of Chad had protected their national sovereignty and independence reconciled the country's national culture and economy, and followed a policy of national unity.
Rows of young girls in brightly-coloured national costumes welcomed the visitor. Radio Peking later reported that General Malloum and Chairman Hua, during their talks had exchanged views on co-operation between their countries. General Malloum told Chinese leaders his country, wrecked by FROLINAT guerrilla action, would be at peace but for the interference of outsiders. He told them that the first and immediate task for his Supreme Military Council was national reconciliation.