The President of the Gabonese Republic, Omar Bongo, arrived in London on Tuesday (13 May) following a three day visit to Algeria.
SV & CU President Bongo of Gabon descending from plane and met by Algerian President Chadli Benjedid.
SV OF Two Presidents crossing tarmac.
GV PAN Algerian Guard of Honour present arms as they are inspected by President Bongo.
GV OF President Bongo meeting local dignitaries. (2 SHOTS)
GV OF Presidents plus entourages crossing red carpet to airport buildings.
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Background: The President of the Gabonese Republic, Omar Bongo, arrived in London on Tuesday (13 May) following a three day visit to Algeria. During the visit, he had talks with Algerian President Chadli Benjedid on African issues, including the conflict in the Western Sahara.
SYNOPSIS: President Bongo arrived in Algiers on Sunday (11 May), flying in from Nice in his personal plane. He was met at the airport by president Chadli Benjedid and other members of the Algerian government.
After the welcoming ceremonies, the two Presidents had a series of talks over three days which were officially described as "friendly". President Bongo said he had formally invited the Algerian President to visit Gabon soon.
President Bongo will be visiting Morocco soon and there has been speculation that he would act as a mediator between Morocco and Algeria on the question of the sovereignty of the phosphate-rich Western Sahara. The Algerian-backed Polisario Front has fought a five year war there with Moroccan forces. President Bongo denied he was mediating in the dispute, saying he was simply keeping himself informed.