Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko described President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia as one of Africa's 'most illustrious political figures' at a banquet in Kinshasa, on Monday (December 24th).
Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko described President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia as one of Africa's 'most illustrious political figures' at a banquet in Kinshasa, on Monday (December 24th). President Bourguiba ended his six-day visit on Wednesday (December 26th) with a pledge to increase economic and technological co-operation between the two countries.
The banquet was held at the Organisation of African Unity Centre in Kinshasa. In his speech, President Mobutu Sese Seko said the time had come for all "criminal and colonialist" enterprises in Africa to end. He referred to the Israeli occupation of Arab lands, and what he called white racism in South Africa and Rhodesia. The Zaire President also attacked Portuguese policy in Angola and Mozambique.
In reply, President Bourguiba recalled the Zaire leader's recent speech at the Arab summit in Algiers, calling for Afro-Arab co-operation. President Bourguiba emphasised that the Arabs and Africans must fight to free themselves from 'injustice, poverty and under-development'.
President Bourguiba left for the Ivory Coast two days later. Both Presidents signed a joint communique at the airport calling for closer political, trading and cultural ties between Tunisia and Zaire. The communique deplored the lack of direct communications between North and Central Africa and outlined plans for an air link between the two countries.