• Short Summary

    President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire arrived at Tokoin Airport near Lome, the capital of Togo, prior to attending the recent Togolese Independence celebrations on 27 April, Although the main celebrations were to take place on the day after his arrival, President Mobutu's visit was to last four days.

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    President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire arrived at Tokoin Airport near Lome, the capital of Togo, prior to attending the recent Togolese Independence celebrations on 27 April, Although the main celebrations were to take place on the day after his arrival, President Mobutu's visit was to last four days.

    He was greeted at the airport by Togo's President. Major General Etienne Eyadema, and other Government officials. The reception also included a performance by Togolese dancers and singers.

    Togo achieved independence in 1960, after being a United Nations Trust Territory administered by France. After the first President, Sylvanus Olympio was assassinated in 1963, Nicolas Grunitzky returned from exile to become the country's second President.

    He in turn was overthrown by an Army coup d'etat in January 1967, which was led by Major General Eyadema. Major Eyadema took over the Presidency in April of that year.

    During President Mobutu's stay in Togo, the Portuguese Army, led by General de Spinola, took over power in Portugal. Referring to Portugal's change of leadership, President Mobutu said before he left Togo, that the most important question for Africans was "the liberation of our brothers from Angola and Mozambique, and those from Guinea-Bissau, part of whose territory is still under the colonialist yoke".

    At the end of the President's visit, it was announced that Togo and Zaire had signed a "General Cooperation Agreement" providing for the creation of a joint commission of government representatives from Lome and Kinshasa. The commission would facilitate cooperation between both countries in economic, social, cultural and technical spheres.

    SYNOPSIS: A large crowd turned out to welcome President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, when he arrived at Tokoin Airport near Lome recently, to attend Togo's Independence celebrations. There to greet him was President Etienne Eyadema and a young admirer.

    A group of Togolese dancers added a tough to the welcome for President Mobutu, who was making his second visit to the country in the past three months. The main independence day celebrations took place the day after his arrival, and they included a display by Togolese paratroopers. Togo achieved independence in nineteen sixty, after being a United Nations Trust Territory administered by France. Major General Eyadema became President shortly after the Army gained power in nineteen-sixty-seven. during President Mobutu's four day visit, another Army coup took place -- this time in Portugal. Referring to events in Lisbon, the Zaire President said that it presented Africans with one important question. That was the "liberation of our brothers from Angola and Mozambique, and those from Guinea-Bissau."
    The celebrations of this -- the fourteenth Anniversary of Togolese Independence -- included a colourful military and civil parade. It lasted three hours. At the end of President Mobutu's visit, it was announced that both countries had signed an agreement in which a commission would be set up for joint cooperation.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAV0H4588Y68I7CMN6VBTJXOIE
    Media URN:
    VLVAAV0H4588Y68I7CMN6VBTJXOIE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/05/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
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