President William Tolbert of Liberia met West German leaders for trade talks during his one-day official visit to the capital, Bonn on Tuesday (May 25).
President William Tolbert of Liberia met West German leaders for trade talks during his one-day official visit to the capital, Bonn on Tuesday (May 25). The Liberian leader, accompanied by his wife Victoria and seven high-ranking government officials, was touring West Germany to inspect steel plants and have a holiday in the Black Forest mountains.
The West African statesman, from Africa's oldest independent nation, was welcomed to Bonn in an official ceremony by President Walter Scheel, with whom he later had talks. Afterwards he conferred with Chancellor Helmet Schmidt and Economics Minister Dr. Hans Friederichs on finance and trade.
Liberia was the first country to begin diplomatic relations with West Germany after World War II. West Germany takes 20 per cent of its iron ore from Liberia, its biggest single supplier. Further iron ore exploitation in Liberia was discussed during President Tolbert's talks with Dr. Friederichs.
Some news reports said developments in southern Africa were discussed by President Tolbert and Herr Schmidt.