President and Prime Minister of the one year old Republic of Guinea, 37-year-old Sekou Toure, flew into London Airport, from New York Nov 10 on a five-day official visit as guest of the British Government.
President and Prime Minister of the one year old Republic of Guinea, 37-year-old Sekou Toure, flew into London Airport, from New York Nov 10 on a five-day official visit as guest of the British Government. He was accompanied by his wife and four members of the Guinea Government. British Premier Macmillan and other officials were at the airport to greet him.
During his stay he will have political and economic talks with Premier Macmillan, Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd, and be received in audience by the Queen. His programme includes visits to Scotland Yard, Broadcasting House, House of Commons, the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, Lord Mayor's Show, and a soccer match.
Guinea, a small West African Republic of nearly three million people, was the only one of thirteen French West and Equatorial African territories to choose independence in the French Constitutional referendum of September 1958, resulting in France's withdrawal of all subsidies, technical aid and technicians. Guinea was thus virtually bankrupted.
After appealing for aid to the world at large, it was the Soviet Union who responded most quickly with a large loan. Czechoslovakia has supplied small arms and tanks. The West's hesitancy was interpreted as deference to French feeling. However, offers of Western aid has been increasing rapidly in recent months, and trade and technical agreements have been signed with France and Britain. President Toure was previously visiting America before coming onto London.