President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal and his wife arrived in Brussels yesterday (20 October) for a three-day official visit to Belgium.
President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal and his wife arrived in Brussels yesterday (20 October) for a three-day official visit to Belgium. They were met at the airport by King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola.
The President was accompanied by his Foreign Minister, M. Karim Gaye. After visiting the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the memorial to Belgium's dead in two world wars, where M. Senghor laid a wreath, the visitors went to the Town Hall to meet civic leaders.
Other items in the President's programme include a gala dinner, given by King Baudouin, and visits to Bruges and Liege before a final dinner in Brussels given by the Belgian Prime Minister, M. Gaston Eyskens. The President is also expected to have informal talks with leaders of the European Economic Community.
President Senghor, who is 63, has been President of Senegal since the country became independent in 1960. A notable scholar, he is one of Africa;s leading poets and is particularly associated with the concept of "Negritude".