President Moktar Ould Daddah of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has paid a cordial 24-hour visit to the Ivory Coast at a time when African unity is the theme of various meetings between Heads of African states.
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SV Ould Daddah (light suit) waving to crowd with Ivory Coast President Houphouet-Boigny (2 shots)
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Background: President Moktar Ould Daddah of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has paid a cordial 24-hour visit to the Ivory Coast at a time when African unity is the theme of various meetings between Heads of African states.
President Moktar arrived in Abidjan on Sunday May 17), the day before the summit meeting between the Heads of State of Niger, Upper Volta, Ivory Coast, Dahomey and Togo, the five West African nations which between them make up a grouping called the Council of Understanding.
President Hannani Diori of Niger, acting President of the Council, told reporters on his arrival in Abidjan in Abidian that the Council's 16 million consumers constituted an economic structure which could easily integrate into a big economic zone built out of the UDWAO (The Customs Union of West African States), the conference of which is due to be held at Bamako, Mali on Wednesday (May 19).
President Diori also said that the Bamoko conference would mean a sharing of the experience gained during the past ten years between the Council of Understanding and another African grouping, The Organisation f the Senegal River States. The River States are Mauritania, Mali, Senegal and Guinea.
President Moktar had an opportunity during his short visit to Abidjan to discuss these issues with Ivory Coast President Houphouet-Boigny, before flying out on Tuesday evening (May 18) to Guinea, another of the Senegal River States, where he was greeted at the airport by President Sekou Toure.