The Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi met President Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday (14 November).
The Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi met President Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France at the Elysee Palace on Tuesday (14 November). President Moi, who is on his first visit to the West as the Kenyan head of state, said that the discussions on matters of mutual interest and international problems, had been very useful.
SYNOPSIS: The French President Monsieur Giscard d'Estaing greeted the Kenyan President Mr. Moi at the Elysee Palace. Mr. Moi arrived in Paris on Monday (13 November) for three days of talks with French government and business leaders. He had already met the French Foreign and Defence Ministers for discussions on technological and military aid to Kenya and current areas of instability in Africa.
The two presidents discussed increased political, economic and technological cooperation, including the supply of French military equipment to Kenya. Senior French officials said the government was open to Kenya's request for arms, including helicopters and armoured cars.
The talks took place at a working Luncheon attended by members of both delegations including the French Foreign Minister M. Louis de Guiringaud, seated beside Mr. Moi.
Following the luncheon Mr.Moi said he would consider M. Giscard d'Estaing's proposals for a seven-nation conference to settle disputes in the Horn of Africa. France has also offered long-term credit facilities to Kenya.
Proposals for a seven-nation peace conference over territorial disputes have also been made to Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile-Mariam and Somali President Siad Barre. Both Kenya and France favour maintaining borders which existed in the colonial era and were inherited by African nations on their independence. Somalia presently claims rights over Kenya's North Eastern Province. This and the dispute between Uganda and Tanzania was also discussed.