The Presidents of Niger and Dahomey met with the French President, Georges Pompidou at the Elysee Palace on Friday (September 4).
The Presidents of Niger and Dahomey met with the French President, Georges Pompidou at the Elysee Palace on Friday (September 4). All three Presidents had lunch together and the two African Presidents spoke to reporters as they left.
President Diori, the Niger head of state, said that he had not discussed the sale of arms to South Africa with President Pompidou, but had spoken about the progress of the French exploitation of uranium in his country and other economic topics. He would not, he said, be attending the non-aligned nations conference in Lusaka (Zambia) because of the electoral situation in Niger.
The head of Dahomey's Presidential Commission, President Hubert Maga, said he deplored the sale of arms to South Africa. President Maga had flown to Paris from Addis Ababa, where he had spoken at the Organisation of African Unity Conference.