President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia spent Monday (6 May) in neighbouring Malawi as the guest of President Kamuza Banda.
President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia spent Monday (6 May) in neighbouring Malawi as the guest of President Kamuza Banda. He returned home the same day. Radio Zambia gave no details of the talks between the two presidents, saying only that they had covered "bilateral trade and international issues affecting both countries".
As well as sharing a common border, both Malawi and Zambia share a border with the Portuguese territory of Mozambique, and observers said that the Portuguese situation following the military takeover last month, was certain to have been a topic of discussion.
The visit, which the radio described as "epoch-making", was Dr. Kaunda's first to Malawi since he led Zambia to independence almost ten years ago. President Banda's active promotion of friendly relations with Portugal and South Africa has alienated him from most other African leaders, including President Kaunda. But it would seem that this visit improved relations between the two countries. Radio Zambia said that as a result of it, the two leaders had agreed to maintain contact at Central Committee and Cabinet level "to review continuously matters of mutal interest".
Soon after the military takeover in Portugal last month (April) President Kaunda called on the new regime in Lisbon to grant independence to Mozambique and Angola. The President also pledged Zambia's continued support for the liberation movements fighting for independence in Portugal's territories.
SYNOPSIS: The Presidents spent some time posing for newsmen, although the meeting and the visit had been described as private. Both seemed to be in good humour and there was little sign of the tension that often marked the dealings between their countries before the partial rapprochement in 1971.