President Houphouet-Boigny was at the Presidency on Friday--New Year's Day--to receive New Year greetings from Government Ministers and members of the diplomatic Corps.
GV Ext. Presidency
SCU Pres. of Nat. Assembly, Phillipe Yace, wishing Houphouet-Boigny
CU Coulibaly wishes President
SV Government minister Denise ditto
SV French Ambassador ditto
SV Belgian Ambassador ditto
SV Ethiopian Ambassador ditto
LV Dutch Ambassador ditto
SV US Ambassador
CU French Ambassador (SOUND ON FILM)
SV Ambassador listen
CU President Houphouet-Boigny speaks (SOF)
SEQ. 10: RAPHAEL-LEYGUES: "For all of you, for the people of the Ivory Coast, and for the prosperity of this beautiful country in which we have the privilege, yes the great privilege, to live."
SEQ. 12: HOUPHOUET-BOIGNY: "Allow me to take my turn in wishing you today, everything good and also to those you love. May this new year bring you all, to the sovereigns, to the chiefs of state and the people you represent with such competence and distinction, happiness and prosperity.
"A few minutes ago, the French Ambassador evoked with feeling the outstanding transformation that the Ivory Coast has undergone in recent years. It is true that our cities and our countryside have undergone great changes, and we can be proud of them for they are witness to the economic health of the nation and the effort of a whole people towards their improvement and their dignity."
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Background: President Houphouet-Boigny was at the Presidency on Friday--New Year's Day--to receive New Year greetings from Government Ministers and members of the diplomatic Corps. The French Ambassador, Jacques Raphael-leygues, spoke on behalf of the diplomatic corps and the President replied.