INTRODUCTION: President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire is in Belgium on an official visit to discuss his country's economy.
INTRODUCTION: President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire is in Belgium on an official visit to discuss his country's economy. He arrived to an apparently normal state welcome at Brussels' Airport -- failing to notice an assassination scare disturbance involving one of his own machine-gun guards.
SYNOPSIS: The President and his wife stepped from their DC-10 jet to be welcomed by King Baudouin on their eight day visit. Earlier, the Zaire ambassador sent a routine list of their agents who would be operating at the airport -- a normal security precaution. But among a crowd of black Africans who were allowed onto the airport tarmac was a plain-clothes Zaire security guard with a machine-gun under his overcoat. His name was not on the list of agents -- and as President Mobutu and the King drove past he pulled out his weapon. He was seized by police, and dragged away after a scuffle. Embarrassed Belgian authorities later said they had not received his name. The Zaire Ambassador said there was possibly a lack of coordination in passing on the lists. The guard was later released.
During his week-long stay, President Mobutu was scheduled to have talks with Prime Minister Leo Tindemans on Zaire's international debts of between 350 and 400 million U.S. dollars. The talks were to centre on Belgian efforts to aid the Zaire economy, mainly with its outdated railways and shipping industries.