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    President Bongo of Gabon has had talks west German leaders during a five day state visit to Bonn.

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    President Bongo of Gabon has had talks west German leaders during a five day state visit to Bonn.

    SYNOPSIS: On his arrival (23 January) President Bongo was taken to Gymnich castle, near Cologne, for the first round of talks. It was the first visit to West Germany this year of an African head of state.

    President Gabon had been met at the Cologne-Bonn airport by President Walter Scheel and together they were flown to Gymnich castle by helicopter. President Gabon is also Chairman of the Organisation of African Unity and Bonn's top politicians were anxious to hear his views on the increasing problems in Southern Africa and the north east, known as the Horn of Africa, where fighting between Ethiopian forces and rebels continues. It had been eight years since President Bongo last paid a visit to west Germany.

    German politicians were reported to have agreed with President Bingo's analysis and supported a policy of independence and self determination in Africa. They agreed that every effort should be made to resist interference from outside and above all to prevent East-West power struggles being transferred to Africa.

    On Tuesday (24 January) President Bongo visited the Chancellory in Bonn for talks with the Chancellor Helmut Schmidt. Chancellor Schmidt stressed the necessity of solidarity between developing and industrialised countries-the gap between which was increasing. It was announced later that West Germany had agreed on immediate aid to Gabon of 770,000 US dollars and building of a Trans-Gabonese railway to cost 13.4 million US dollars.

    The First African head of state to visit West Germany this year was the President of Gabon and Chairman of the Organisation for African Unity, Omar Bongo. The OAU's President gave Bonn's top politicians information about pressing problems in southern Africa, on the Horn of Africa and on the borders of the Sahara. President Scheel, Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, and Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher agreed with Bongo's analysis, and indicated that they supported the OAU's activities in these areas. Bonn emphasized that conflicts must be settled peaceably and without foreign interference. West Germany stressed that it supports a policy of independence and self-determination in Africa. President Bongo invited all the Ambassadors from OAU member states in Bonn to a discussion. The main theme of the discussion was how to improve cooperation between African countries.

    The Hoated castle Gymnich near Bona is used to received official visitors in Germany. The President of Gabon and Chairman of the Organisation for African Unity also stayed here.

    Bonn's top politicians-including German president Walter Scheel-were very anxious to learn how Bongo-as OAU President-sees solutions to problems in Southern African, on the Horn of Africa and in countries bordering the Sahara. German politicians agreed with Bongo's analysis and indicated that they supported the OAU's efforts to solve problems in these areas. President Scheel and Foreign Minister Genscher stressed that conflicts must be settled peacefully and without outside interference from foreign powers. The West German government assured President Bongo that it supports a policy of independence and self-determination in Africa. President Bongo and his German hosts agreed that African countries should consult with each other to find solutions to their own problems. Every effort should be made to resist interference from outside, power struggles to be transferred to Africa.

    President Bongo also invited all heads of mission from OAU members in Bonn to a discussion at Gymnich. The main theme of the discussion was cooperation between African countries. Problems facing the

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEMQPWWNQFLHO2BCCOQPXW49SM
    Media URN:
    VLVAEMQPWWNQFLHO2BCCOQPXW49SM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/01/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
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