President Mobutu of Zaire's recent visit to Togo, at the time of the African French-speaking conference there, was indicative of his desire to retain close links with these countries, he said.
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AIRCRAFT TAXIING IN: MOBUTU DOWN STEPS OF AIRCRAFT AND GREETED: SHAKING HANDS WITH ARMY OFFICERS AND CROWD.
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This film shows President Mobutu's arrival in Lome, the Togolese capital.
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Background: President Mobutu of Zaire's recent visit to Togo, at the time of the African French-speaking conference there, was indicative of his desire to retain close links with these countries, he said. For earlier this year, President Mobutu withdrew Zaire from the group -- the African, Malagasy, and Mauritanian Common organisation (OCAM). He told the organisation he was giving a year's notice of withdrawal because of 'certain foreign interference in the group's affairs' and Zaire was not represented at the conference earlier this month (May).
The President's reception during his two-day state visit was warm, and his talks with Togolese President Etienne Eyadema were described as "frank and cordial'.
SYNOPSIS: President Mobutu Sese Seko of the Zaire Republic visited togo earlier this month during the summit conference of the African, Malagasy and Mauritanian Organisation -- that's OCAM. Officially, Zaire was still a member of the organisation, but earlier in the year President Mobutu gave a year's notice of withdrawal -- because of 'certain foreign interference in the group's affairs', he said. So, while Zaire was not represented at the conference, President Mobutu was on a state visit -- because, he said, he wanted to retain close links with OCAM members despite his country's withdrawal.
Later, his talks with Togolese president Etienne Eyadema during the two-day state visit were described as 'frank and cordial'. A communique said they'd had discussions on a wide range of issues, and had agreed to increase co-operation between their two countries. An air link was to be established between them, starting in june, and President Mobutu invited his host to attend his party's first congress in Zaire later this month.