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On the third day of his five-day South African visit, Portuguese Foreign Minister, Dr. Rui Patricio, met the Mayor of Johannesburg, Dr. Bensuzan at a reception in Johannesburg's Carlton Hotel on Wednesday (7 March)
Dr. Patricio had arrived in South Africa following tours of Portugal's two African territories, Mozambique and Angola. He held talks with South Africa's Prime Minister John Vorster and Foreign Minister Dr. Hilgard Muller during his visit before leaving South Africa on Friday (9 March) for a two-day tour of Swaziland. From swaziland, he returned to Lisbon.
Commenting on his talks with Dr. Vorster and Dr. Muller, Dr. Patricio said that Portugal's war against guerrillas in her African territories could be 'ended in a matter of weeks' if The People's Republic of China, Zambia and Tanzania halted their support of liberation movements.
Questioned during a press conference on the possibility of a military alliance between South Africa, Portugal and Rhodesia to deal with guerrilla activity, Dr. Patricio mid: "We hope such an alliance will never become necessary. These things depend more on others than ourselves."
SYNOPSIS: At Johannesburg's Carlton Hotel on Wednesday, Portuguese Foreign Minister Dr. Rui Patricio continued his five-day tour of South Africa with a reception given by Johannesburg dignitaries. It was Dr. Patricio's third day in South Africa, and he had already held talks with South African Prime Minister John Vorster, and Foreign Minister Dr. Hilgard Muller. He had arrived in South Africa from Angola and Mozambique, and his talks with Prime Minister Vorster and Dr. Muller were mainly concerned with guerrilla activity in Portugal's two African territories.
At Wednesday's reception, Dr. Patricio met Johannesburg's mayor, Dr. Bensuzan, and many of the city's financial and political leaders.
When questioned later on his talks in South Africa. Dr. Patricio said that Portugal's War against the guerrillas could be 'ended in a matter of weeks' if Zambia. Tanzania and The People's Republic of China halted their support of liberation movements. He added that he and southern African leaders hoped that a military alliance between Portugal, Rhodesia and South Africa would not become necessary.