President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast arrived in Librevelle, capital of the Gabonese Republic, on Saturday (1 June) for a six-day visit as the guest of President Omar Bongo.
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Background: President Felix Houphouet-Boigny of the Ivory Coast arrived in Librevelle, capital of the Gabonese Republic, on Saturday (1 June) for a six-day visit as the guest of President Omar Bongo.
President Houphouet-Boigny was greeted at the airport with a parade of soldiers and Gabonese police officers. There was also a display of traditional dancing.
In a welcoming speech, President Bongo said he had long wanted to welcome the Ivorean Head of State to his country. In reply, President Houphouet-Boigny spoke of the well-established connections between their two countries. Both are members of the French-speaking Yaounde convention of African nations.
They both expressed their determination to strengthen links between their two countries, and the first expression of this came with Sunday's announcement that a joint commission would be set up to increase bilateral trade.