The visiting Prime Minister of Mauritius. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, held talks about his country's economic?
The visiting Prime Minister of Mauritius. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, held talks about his country's economic future with the West German Chancellor, Herr Willy Brandt in Bonn yesterday (Wednesday).
During their brief talks, Chancellor Brandt pledged West German support in helping Mauritius keep up traditional trading ties with Britain, threatened by possible British entry to the European Common Market.
Herr Brandt said a solution had to be found to the island's sugar export problem should Britain join the European Economy Community.
Sugar accounts for 96 per cent of Mauritian exports, with most going to the British market.
Herr Brandt assured Sir Seewoosagur that West Germany would contribute to finding the solution within the framework of the community and with cooperation from Common Market countries. It was not the policy of the German Federal Republic to permit the disruption of traditional trading patterns, Herr Brandt added.
The Mauritian Prime Minister has been in a two-day visit to West Germany as part of a European tour of Common Market countries. He held talks on Tuesday with the West German Foreign Minister, Herr Walter Scheel.