President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire arrived in Rabat on Tuesday (14 June) for talks with Morocco's King Hassan.
President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire arrived in Rabat on Tuesday (14 June) for talks with Morocco's King Hassan. It is President Mobutu's latest stop on a tour of countries which helped him crush a recent rebellion in Zaire's mineral-rich Shaba Province, formerly known as Katanga. He has already seen the leaders of France, Belgium, and West Germany.
SYNOPSIS: The Zairean leader arrived just two days after the return of the last Moroccan troops from his country. He's in Rabat to thank King Hassan for providing 1500 Moroccan troops who were badly needed to turn a retreat by Zaire government troops into a victory. Former Katangan rebels attacked Zaire last March in an effort to overthrow President Mobutu.
King Hassan said he sent his troops to safeguard the national unity of Zaire. The Moroccans' heavy mortar fire is thought by observers to have been decisive in turning the tide of the war in Mobutu's favour.
When the talking and congratulating is over, President Mobutu will have other pressing matters to attend to when he returns home. Inflation is running at over 80 per cent and his economy is at a standstill. Meanwhile, Western banks have suspended negotiations on a 250 million pound sterling (430 million U.S. dollars) loan until the full implications of the rebellion are clear.