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    Zaire's Prime Minister, Mpinga Kasenda, arrived in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Saturday (18 November) for a series of three-day summit talks expected to centre on the recently re-opened Benguela railway line.

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    Zaire's Prime Minister, Mpinga Kasenda, arrived in the Zambian capital, Lusaka, on Saturday (18 November) for a series of three-day summit talks expected to centre on the recently re-opened Benguela railway line. The talks, between Mr. Kasenda and his Zambian and Angolan counterparts were expected to dwell primarily on security aspects of the 2,000 kilometre (1,250 mile) railway line a vital communication and trade link.

    SYNOPSIS: Zambia's Prime Minister, Daniel Lisulo, was on hand at Lusaka airport to greet Mr. Kasenda. The summit talks were originally intended to take place at presidential level, but were switched when Zaire's President Mobuto Sese Seko announced he would be unable to attend. Angola, Zaire and Zambia all stand to benefit financially from the re-opening of the Benguela railway, which links Zambia and Zaire's copper mining regions to Angola's atlantic port, Lobito. It was only re-opened last month after a 3-year closure due to the Angolan civil war. But security along its length remains a problem. Since the civil war, the line has persistently been sabotaged by one of the pro-western movements defeated by the ruling MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola). And Jonas Savimbi, the leader of the movement UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) has threatened continuing attacks until all Cuban and Soviet elements leave Angola. The tri-par???ite talks on ways of countering such threatened attacks, got underway following the later arrival of the Angolan Prime Minister, Lopo Da Nascimento.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA3P7WT93562MYHDJ7PLIQAE4Y
    Media URN:
    VLVAA3P7WT93562MYHDJ7PLIQAE4Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/11/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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