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    President France Albert Rene of the Seychelles arrived in Tanzania on Sunday (13 August) for a week-long official visit.

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    President France Albert Rene of the Seychelles arrived in Tanzania on Sunday (13 August) for a week-long official visit. Mr. Rene became the Seychelles President after a coup in June, 1977, when James Mancham was ousted. President Rene leads the Socialist Seychelles Liberation Group. he said that it's only external branch in Dar Es Salaam had ensured that it's voice has been herd by other African States.

    SYNOPSIS: President Rene, who was accompanied to Tanzania by his wife and a seven-man delegation was greeted at Dar es Salaam airport by President Julius Nyerere, Vice-President Aboud Jumbe and Prime Minister Edward Sokione. He received a 21 gun salute, while the two countries' national anthems were played by the band of the Tanzania's People's Defence Force. Thousands of People turned out for the welcoming ceremonies.

    A group of Tanzanian dancers performed traditional native dances for the visiting delegates.

    The Tanzanian and Seychelles President will hold official talks before Mr. Rene visits various sites and industries throughout Tanzania. He will spend one day in Zanzibar and then do some game viewing at Lake Manyara National Park. Mr. Rene will also visit Ruvu National Service camp.

    At State House in Dar es Salaam Mr. Rene was presented to party and government leaders. The talks that followed were on bilateral relations and the fight against white-minority rule in Southern Africa. President Rene said that the Seychelles were starting a new era which promise the creation of a self-reliant, independent Socialist State. The talks were expected to include discussions on Tanzanian military aid to the Indian Ocean Archipelago. Tanzanian military advisers trained the 100 strong Seychelles army which was formed after the 1977 coup. President Nyerere congratulated the Seychellios on foiling what he called a counter-coup planned by foreign mercenaries last May.

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