Tanzania has promised full support to the Comoro islands in their struggle to wrest Mayotte Island, a member of the group, from French control.
GV: Airport building
SV: Vice-President Hassanaly greeted by Vice-President Jumbe.
GV: Comoro officials greeted.
SV: Hassanaly and Jumbe walk along red carpet and review guard of honour (2 shots)
SV: Hassanaly meeting officials (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM: dancers on ground TO Vice Presidents
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Background: Tanzania has promised full support to the Comoro islands in their struggle to wrest Mayotte Island, a member of the group, from French control.
SYNOPSIS: The Vice-President of the newly independent Comoros, Mohamed Hassanaly, arrived in Dar Es Salaam, the Tanzanian capital, on Tuesday (10 August) for a four-day official visit. He was met by Tanzania's first Vice President and leader of Zanzibar, Sheikh Aboued Jumbe.
The Comoros are a group of four main islands in the Indian Ocean, off the East Africa coast. They were given independence from France earlier this year -- but without Mayotte, the fourth island in the group, which voted to stay French.
Vice President Jumbe attacked the western powers for their Indian Ocean presence -- criticising the United States for its occupation of Diego Garcia and condemning France for its plans to build a military base on Mayotte. The Comoro government has promised to wrest control of Mayotte from France, and Sheikh Jumbe said the whole of Africa should also support the struggle.