King Hassan of Morocco spent a busy weekend (10-11 June) at Rabat's airport welcoming African heads of state to the ninth summit conference of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
LV Aircraft texils in, guard of honour (2 shots)
LV President Ahidjo out of aircraft and greeted by King Hassan
GV OAU flags
SV & CU Hassan and Ahidjo inspect honour guard (2 shots)
LV & ST Tv cameramen as another aircraft arrives (2 shots)
SCU PAN President Senghor greeted by Hassan
LV Another aircraft taxiis in while women watch (2 shots)
SCU PAN President Ngouabi out of aircraft and greeted by Hassan
LV & CU UN aircraft arrives, Waldheim greeted by Prime Minister of Morocco and others before inspecting honour guard (6 shots)
GV Zaire aircraft taxiis in, Hassan waiting (2 shots)
CU PAN Mobutu out of aircraft and greeted.
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Background: King Hassan of Morocco spent a busy weekend (10-11 June) at Rabat's airport welcoming African heads of state to the ninth summit conference of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
In all, some 30 of the 41 OAU member states are expected to be represented by their Presidents or Prime Ministers. Others have sent their Vice Presidents or Foreign Ministers to attend the opening session on Monday.
Among the leaders met at the airport by King Hassan were: Presidents Leopold Senghor of Senegal, Mobutu Sese Seko of the Zaire Republic, Marien Ngouabi of the People's Republic of the Congo and Ahamadou Ahidjo of Cameroun.
United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim also arrived for the opening of the summit, and he was greeted by Moroccan Prime Minister Mohammed Karim Lamrani.
At the centre of the three-day summit talks will be what steps to take against Africa's white-minority regimes and how best to assist guerrilla activities against Portugal's African territories.
SYNOPSIS: A parade of African heads of state gathered in Rabat ever the weekend for Monday's opening of the ninth summit conference of the Organisation of African Unity--the O.A.U.
Flags of the 41-member states flew at the airport as Morocco's King Hassan greeted the arriving leaders in turn. Here, the King welcomes Cameroun's President Ahamadou Ahidjo. Then the two men inspected a Moroccan honour guard.
In all, some 30 O.A.U. members are expected to be represented by their Presidents or Prime Ministers. Among them, President Leopold Sangher of Senegal, being greeted here by King Hassan. Some notable absentees are Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Presidents Jome Kenyatta of Kenya, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia--three of the veteran leaders of independent Africa.
Another aircraft taxiis in as local spectators look on.
This one carried President Marien Ngouabi of the People's Republic of the Congo. Again, the Royal Moroccan host is there to great the arriving leader.
Another aircraft arrives, but this time it's a United Nations plane carrying the U.N. Secretary-General, Doctor Kurt Waldheim. And there to welcome him is the Prime Minister of Morocco, Mr. Mohammed Karim Lamrani. Delegates to the three-day conference will discuss such matters as what to do about Africa's white-minority regimes and how to better aid the guerrillas fighting in Africa's portuguese territories.
Yet another arrival, that of President Mobutu Sese Seko of the Zaire Republic. And again, King Hassan is there to provide the official welcome. With so many heads of state arriving, it was indeed a busy weekend for the King, who was also due to open the first session of summit Monday evening.