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    President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania arrived at Casablanca of Monday, June 8, for a two-day visit during which he had talks with King Hassan, who was at the airport to greet the Mauritanian leader upon his arrival.

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    President Moktar Ould Daddah of Mauritania arrived at Casablanca of Monday, June 8, for a two-day visit during which he had talks with King Hassan, who was at the airport to greet the Mauritanian leader upon his arrival.

    President Ould Daddah and King Hassan launched at the Royal Palace before retiring for an afternoon of private talks. While the two leaders were in conference the Moroccan and Mauritanian delegations held working session.

    The talks dealt in large part with the future of Spanish territory in Africa. and a source close to the delegations said the two countries envisaged diplomatic action to "hasten the de-colonisation" of Spanish occupied territory. The largest of these territories is the Spanish Sahara, 102, 680 square miles (266,000 square kilometres) of desert containing phosphate deposits. A few thousand nomadic tribesmen populate the area, which is wedged between Morocco and Mauritania and claimed by both countries.

    Both countries and Algeria have declared in favour of the letting the Spanish nomads decide their own future in a referendum but wish to be associated with the referendum as interested parties.

    After a meeting between King Hassan and Algerian President Houari Boumedienne at Tlemcen, western Algeria 10 days ago, Morocco and Algeria announced joint action to hasten decolonisation of Spanish territories in North Africa.

    A communique published on Monday after the talks underlined the two countries' support for the Palestinian people in their fight to recover their land, and said that Mauritania would co-operate with the aims and programmes of the Maghreb -- Arab North Africa -- countries.

    A treaty -- valid for 20 years and renewable -- was signed by the two Foreign Ministers, Nauritania's M. Marouf Ould Cheikh Abdellahi and Morocco's M. Abdehadi Boutaleb. The treaty is to serve as the framework for closer relations in all fields -- economic, social and cultural-between the two countries.

    President Daddah departed for Nauakchott on Tuesday, June 9.

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    Film ID:
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    Media URN:
    VLVAE9XBDM2YCB2KIG0D5NJNZKK6H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/06/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
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    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
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