President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire concluded a two-day official visit to Italy on Wednesday (9 May).
President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire concluded a two-day official visit to Italy on Wednesday (9 May). During the visit President Mobutu had private talks with Italian Government leaders, including Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti and Foreign Minister Giuseppe Medici.
The two countries signed new agreements covering co-operation in the exploitation of Zaire's rich mineral deposits, and in agriculture, school building, nuclear science, health and military aeronautics -- aimed at boosting the already flourishing exchanges between Italy and Zaire. Italy is second only to Belgium as Zaire's biggest customer.
At a state banquet on Tuesday evening (8 May) President Giovanni Leone of Italy, said that Italy, which already does more trade with Zaire than with any other African State south of the Sahara, was interested in increasing collaboration with Zaire. He went on to praise the 'National Road, taken by the new Zaire under president Mobutu, and said the President's visit proved that Zaire did not wish to enclose itself by a merely 'continental' outlook.
President Mobutu is staying in Italy until Monday in a private capacity. He is expected to have talks in Rome and milan with leading Italian industrialists. He will then fly to Venice for a two-day private visit before flying back to Kinshasa aboard a special Zaire aircraft.