INTRODUCTION: President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo paid a five-day official visit to Niger last week to discuss among other things the "military conflicts shaking the African continent".
SV Niger President Kountche awaiting President Eyadema's arrival at Niamey airport. President Eyadema steps forward and embraces President Kountche
SV Presidents drink from ceremonial bowls
GV & SV President take salute (2 shots)
CU President Eyadema at attention
CU President Kountche saluting
SV President taking salute
SV & GV Presidents walk away from aircraft and inspect guard of honour (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo paid a five-day official visit to Niger last week to discuss among other things the "military conflicts shaking the African continent". He discussed the need for a lasting peace in Chad, after the end of its civil war. And he stressed the need to bring together the parties involved in the Western Sahara conflict to negotiate an end to the fighting as soon as possible.
SYNOPSIS: President Eyadema arrived in the capital, Niamey, on Sunday (15 February) and was greeted by President Seyni Kountche. He said he brought a message of friendship, peace and solidarity to the people of Niger.
The two Presidents shared a ceremonial drinking bowl to mark the occasion. The visit included a journey of 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) to Zinder, Niger's second city, and another to Dosso, 140 kilometres (85 miles) from the capital.
President Eyadema supported the efforts of President Kountche to return Chad to peaceful times through negotiations and reconciliation among the various rival factions there.
He said the Organisation of African Unity Lome Summit resolutions in January, calling for the immediate withdrawal of Libyan troops, offered a realistic basis for ending the conflict. And he called for all Africans to work together to find the path of unity and development for their continent.