In Zaire, President Mobutu Sese Seko has held successful talks with the visiting Congolese President, Denis Sassou-Nguessou.
In Zaire, President Mobutu Sese Seko has held successful talks with the visiting Congolese President, Denis Sassou-Nguessou. The main aim of the talks was to re-establish friendly relations between the two countries. It was President Sassou-Nguessou's first visit to the neighbouring state since taking office in April.
SYNOPSIS: President Sassou-Nguessou and his wife travelled across the Congo River from Brazzaville to the Zaire capita, Kinshasa on Tuesday (June 12).
They were met by President Mobutu. The visit is part of the Congolese Head of State's plan to normalise relations with neighbouring countries. He succeeded General Joachim Yhomai-Opango, who is to face trial for treason. President Sassou is a Marxist, President Mobutu is strongly anti-communist. The great political differences have caused a fluctuating political climate between the two countries in recent years.
After inspecting the guard of honour, President Mobutu and his guest let for the talks at the Presidential Palace in Kinshasa. Both the Congo and Zaire have major economic problems. Reuters reports a western diplomat as saying that the Congo is bankrupt, while Zaire has been negotiating for major loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF)