The French Defence Minister, M. Jacques Soufflet, arrived in the Territory of Affars and Issas?
The French Defence Minister, M. Jacques Soufflet, arrived in the Territory of Affars and Issas on Thursday (25 July) for an official visit. He will have talks with the local administration on a wide range of subjects.
M. Soufflet was accompanied by high ranking officials of his department. They were met at Djibouti airport by General Barsal, Commander of the French Forces in the Territory.
With the buildup of Soviet forces in the Indian Ocean, the French Government has ben taking a long look at its position in the region. M. Soufflet's visit comes soon after a trip to neighbouring Somalia by a top level group of Soviet officials. The U.S.S.R. and Somalia signed an aid agreement.