• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA WAS MADE AN HONORARY CITIZEN OF ABIDJAN ON WEDNESDAY (24 JANUARY), SOME FEW HOURS AFTER HIS ARRIVAL FOR AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE IVORY COAST.

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    PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA WAS MADE AN HONORARY CITIZEN OF ABIDJAN ON WEDNESDAY (24 JANUARY), SOME FEW HOURS AFTER HIS ARRIVAL FOR AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO THE IVORY COAST. THE HONOUR WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE SYMBOLIC KEYS OF THE CITY, SIGNIFYING, IN THE WORDS OF THE MAYOR OF ABIDJAN, MR. ANTIONE KONAN KANGA, THAT ABIDJAN CONSIDERED HIM A 'COURAGEOUS AND UPRIGHT STATESMAN'.

    THE CONGO PRESIDENT ARRIVED IN ABIDJAN ON WEDNESDAY MORNING, AND, AFTER A SHORT SPEECH OF WELCOME BY PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BIOGNY, HE REPLIED THAT HE WAS DETERMINED TO SEE FOR HIMSELF WHAT HE DESCRIBED AS 'THE MIRACLE OF ABIDJAN'. THE PREVIOUS DAY PRESIDENT MOBUTU HAD BEEN IN NIAMEY, NIGER, WHERE HE HAD BEEN ATTENDING THE AFRO-MALAGASY COMMON ORGANISATION (OCAM) MEETING.

    AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, GENERAL MOBUTU TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THAT HIS COUNTRY, CONGO KINSHASA, SOUGHT GOOD RELATIONS WITH ALL AFRICAN NATIONS, WHATEVER THEIR POLITICAL OR PHILOSOPHICAL CREED. 'THE WAY WE FOLLOW IS THAT WHICH LEADS TOWARDS AFRICAN UNITY, 'HE ADDED.

    AT 8.30 THE SAME EVENING, PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY AGAIN WELCOMED THE VISITING PRESIDENT AND HIS WIFE, THIS TIME AT AN OFFICIAL DINNER PRESENTED IN THE GARDENS OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. THE PRESIDENTS EXCHANGED GIFTS - COPPER, DIAMONDS, AND IVORY - AND THEN REINFORCED THEIR DESIRE FOR HARMONY OF CULTURE AND LANGUAGE AMONG AFRICAN NATIONS IN A GOODWILL TOAST.

    SPEAKING TO THE IMPRESSIVE ASSEMBLY OF IVORY MINISTERS AND DIGNITARIES, PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BIOGNY SAID THAT HIS COUNTRY ATTACHED THE GREATEST IMPORTANCE TO THE STRONG TIES WHICH BOUND IT TO THE CONGO, AND TO THE DISCUSSION WHICH PRESIDENT MOBUTU'S VISIT WOULD AFFORD. 'WE BELIEVE,' HE AFFIRMED, 'THAT ALL CO-OPERATION MUST BE BASED ON DEEP KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER'S PROBLEMS.' YESTERDAY PRESIDENT MOBUTU BEGAN A THREE-DAY TOUR OF THE INTERIOR, WHICH INCLUDES A STOP A YAMOUSSOUKRA, BIRTHPLACE OF PRESIDENT HOUPHOUET-BIOGNY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAITXHD3ASWXFR2UZUD7UUHE0F
    Media URN:
    VLVAAITXHD3ASWXFR2UZUD7UUHE0F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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