President Joseph Mobutu of Congo Kinshasa arrived in Taiwan on Thursday (15 April) for an eight-day state visit.
President Joseph Mobutu of Congo Kinshasa arrived in Taiwan on Thursday (15 April) for an eight-day state visit. President Mobutu arrived in a special Air Congo jet, and was met on the tarmac by Generalissimo and Madam Chiang Kai-Shek.
President Mobutu, in military uniform, took the salute of a guard of honour, accompanied by the firing of a 21-gun salute. In a welcoming speech, Generalissimo Chiang praised President Mobutu for his leadership and said he was looking forward to an exchange of views.
SYNOPSIS: Congo Kinshasa's President Joseph Mobutu arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to begin an eight-day state visit. His visit was the first by a foreign head of state to Taiwan this year. Relations between Taiwan and Congo Kinshasa have been cordial since the African country proclaimed independence in 1960.
Taiwan's Generalissimo and Madam Chiang Kai-Shek were at the airport to great the visiting Head of State. President Mobutu was wearing his uniform of General and Commander-in-Chief of Congo Kinshasa's Armed Forces. He later took the salute of a military guard of honour, which was accompanied by a twenty-one gun salute and a military band.
Upon arrival, he met Taiwan Government officials and diplomats from Congo Kinshasa based in Taipei. The African Head of State visited Taiwan as part of a world tour.
Congo Kinshasa's President seemed particularly pleased to see a group of his countrymen, singing and clapping in the typical African tradition. After official speeches, President Mobutu was to meet Chiang Kai-Shek for talks in Taipei.