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.
SV Zambian Prime Minister, Daniel Lisulo (left in glasses) shakes hand with Prime Minister of Zaire, Mpinga Kasenda and general greetings exchanged before Zairean Prime Minister walks past camera with other officials.
GV Two PMs and parties walk towards airport buildings. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: 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.