President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire has announced his whole-hearted support for the United States Secretary of State, Dr.
President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire has announced his whole-hearted support for the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger's diplomatic efforts of achieve majority rule in Rhodesia.
President Mobutu made his comments at the start of a three day visit to Togo on Saturday (9 October). He said Zaire supported without reserve Dr. Kissinger's diplomatic moves. He arrived at the capital, Lome, from Dakar where he had attended celebrations marking President Leopold Senghor's 70th birthday.
President Mobutu explained that Zaire supported the moves because it was the first time since Africans started fighting for the liberation of that part of their continent, that someone had come to announce much awaited good news -- the accession of the African majority of Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) to power. The Zaire leader was welcomed at the airport by the Togolese head of state, General Gnassingbe Eyadema.
Answering a question about the present economic situation in Zaire, President Mobutu said recession and inflation were not invented in his country, but he added that Zaire had difficulties in exporting its raw materials. He said Zaire was a big country, but it was landlocked and depended on neighbouring countries for its imports and exports.
President Mobutu certainly received a warm welcome in Togo.