At the Presidential Palace in Cotonou on Tuesday, November 7th, the new Head of State, Major Mathieu Kerekou, played host to the first major foreign delegation to visit his country since he came to power just over two weeks ago (October 26) following a bloodless coup.
GV Car carrying Foreign Minister Gibson Barboza arrives, Minister out of car and greeted. (2 shots)
LV INT Brazilian Minister greeted by President Kerekou, who then greet other Brazilians.
SV President and Minister take seats and talks. (3 shots)
GV EXT. Presidential Palace.
SV INT. Foreign Minister Alladaye and Foreign Minister Gibson Barboza sign agreement. (3 shots)
FOREIGN MINISTER GIBSON BARBOZA ARRIVING AT PRESIDENTIAL PALACE, GREETED AND RECEIVED BY PRESIDENT KEREKOU: OTHER BRAZILIAN DELEGATES MEETING PRESIDENT: GIBSON BARBOZA AND KEREKOU TALKING: FOREIGN MINISTERS ALLADAYE AND GIBSON BARBOZA SIGNING AGREEMENTS.
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Background: At the Presidential Palace in Cotonou on Tuesday, November 7th, the new Head of State, Major Mathieu Kerekou, played host to the first major foreign delegation to visit his country since he came to power just over two weeks ago (October 26) following a bloodless coup. His visitors were a Brazilian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Mario Gibson Barboza.
The cordial meetings - which culminated in the signing of technical co-operation and cultural agreements between Brazil and Dahomey - are in line with the announcement made by Major Kerekou shortly after coming to power, that he and his Government would continue to honour international agreements and plans set by their predecessors, the three-man Presidential Council of Messrs. Apithy, Maga and Ahomadegbe Tometin.
The Brazilian Foreign Minister is currently on a four-week tour of Africa to improve his country's relations with Black Africa on political, social, cultural and technical fronts.
SYNOPSIS: In Dahomey last week, a Brazilian delegation headed by Foreign Minister Mario Gibson Barboza, arriving at the Presidential Palace in Cotonou. The Brazilians are on a four-week goodwill tour of nine West-African nations.
The visitors were received by the new Head of State of Dahomey, Major Mathieu Kerekou. Senhor Gibson Barboza heads the first major foreign delegation to visit Cotonou, since President Kerekou came to power on October twenty-sixth, following a bloodless coup. This is in line with President Kerekou's announcement that his Government would honour all international agreements set by his predecessors, the overthrown three-man Presidential Council. The Brazilian statesman recalled the strong ethnic and historic ties which join his country and Africa -and, in particular, Dahomey.
Later, following the brief talks with the President, Senhor Gibson Barboza joined Foreign Minister Michel Alladaye - to sign agreements on future cultural and technical co-operation between dahomey and Brazil.