Arriving in Tunis for the North African get-together talks, the two Moroccan leaders, M. Balafrej?
LV. Mr. BOURGUIBA'S car arriving.
SV. President Bourguiba emerges, and turns towards Guard of Honour.
SV. Standing to attention.
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SV.PAN. Bourguiba enters his residence.
SV. Guard of Honour lined up.
LV. Mr. BALAFREDJ arriving with his Ministers.
SV.PAN. He and his entourage enter the building.
SCU. Palace grounds.
SV. M. Bourguiba meeting Mr. Balafredj and his Ministers.
SV. Ministers lined up.
Back V. Mr. Bourguiba presenting Mr.Belafredj with a sash of Honour.
SV. Some of the Ministers with Mr. Bourguiba.
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Background: Arriving in Tunis for the North African get-together talks, the two Moroccan leaders, M. Balafrej and M. Bouabid, were decorated with the Tunisian Order of Independence. President Bourguiba bestowed the Grand Ribbon of the Order on M. Balafroj (Moroccan Prime Minister) and made M. Bouabid (Minister for National Economy) a Commander of the Order.
Tunis laid on full ceremonials for the arrival of the various North African leaders, who had assembled to discuss immediate policy of the National Liberation Front (F.L.N.) When the Moroccans' plans landed, the delegation was met by Tunisian Minister of National Defence, M. Ladgham, and was greeted by the plumping of their national anthems. M. Balafroj then reviewed the troops and was introduced to Algerian and Tunisian ministers to Moroccan personalities in national costume.
It was when the procession had made its way to Dar es-Saads that they not President Bourguiba.
Main concern of the Tunis conference was said to be the continued presence of French troops in North Africa. M. Abbas, Algerian member of the P.L.W. executive committee had previously stated in Rome that the revolt of May 13 had "shown to the world Algeria was not France". Independence for Algeria would mean a new North Africa that could have friendly relationships with Mediterranean countries including France.