Botswana's President, Sir Seretse Khama, today 6 November) called on Britain's Prime Minister, Mr Heath, for talks on the proposed arms sales to South Africa.
Botswana's President, Sir Seretse Khama, today 6 November) called on Britain's Prime Minister, Mr Heath, for talks on the proposed arms sales to South Africa. The President is strongly opposed to any such sales.
Sir Seretse also had talks on the question with Britain's Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home, at the Foreign Office.
The Botswana leader, who arrived at London Airport with his English-born wife yesterday (5 November), spoke out forcefully against the sale of military. equipment to South Africa when he made a broadcast recently to mark his country's fourth anniversary of independence.
He said: "We do not wish to see in Southern Africa the kind of conflict we see in the Middle East or Vietnam, with Western countries lined up on one side and Eastern countries on the other.
"That is why we oppose the sale of arms to South Africa and any Western military involvement with countries which are denying self-determination in Southern Africa."
Sir Seretse is determined to preserve Botswana's image of total independence from neighbouring South Africa despite its geographical nearness and economic dependence.