Mauritanians celebrated their first decade of independence on Wednesday (December 2). President Moktar Ould Daddah?
GV & SV President, Minister for Defence and Chief of Staff arrive for parade
GV & SV Military bands march with aircraft overhead.
GV Officials and spectators in grandstand.
SV Troops on camels and in four wheel drive vehicle (2 shots)
CU Spectators cheer
SV Camel troops
GV Technical school pupils marching
GV Other pupils marching
SV Parade in progress.
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Background: Mauritanians celebrated their first decade of independence on Wednesday (December 2). President Moktar Ould Daddah and other leaders reviewed a parade in the capital, Nouakchott, which opened four days of official celebrations.
At the beginning of the week, President Daddah in a message to the nation called on all Mauritanians to redouble their efforts to overcome their under-development.
A government review of the first ten years since independence called for increasing efforts to attract foreign investors and capital as a means of development.
Foreign Minister Hamdi Ould Mouknass declared that, on the diplomatic front, Mauritanian policy would be to strive for better relations between white and black Africa. But he added that the country reaffirmed its support for all oppressed peoples.
Diplomatic ties were strengthened by the presence of several foreign delegations at the independence celebrations, notably a French delegation headed by Secretary of State Yvon Bourges.