The Presidents of Niger and Dahomey met with the French President, Georges Pompidou at the Elysee Palace on Friday (September 4).
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SV Pompidou shakes hands with Diori.
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SV Maga and Pompidou
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SEQ. 3: PRESIDENT DIORI: As for the Lusaka conference I hope that it will be very successful. As for the Lusaka conference, the Niger will not be represented as this Conference takes place at a time of elections and to our regret we cannot participate in this conference.
SEQ. 6: REPORTER: M. President you are just back from Addis Ababa where you took part in the O.A.U. Conference.....where certain decisions were taken concerning particularly a condemnation of certain Western Countries. Can you tell us whether you talked about these problems with President Pompidou?
PRESIDENT MAGA: What was said there was said publicly.... I intervened during the first session and I gave my view on the situation. We naturally deplore the sale of arms but African wisdom will, I hope, play a part.
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Background: 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.