Guinea's President Sekou Toure, leader of the former French West African territory, arrived by train in Bonn, Nov 16, to be warmly welcomed by President Luebke, Vice-Chancellor Ehrhard and Ministers of the West German Cabinet.
Train comes into Bonn Station.
Sekou Toure and his family are welcomed by President Luebke.
Sekou Toure is introduced to the Cabinet, headed by Ehrhard.
Outside the station: Bundeswehr band plays national anthems while guard of honour presents arms.
Sekou Toure inspects guard of honour, into car and away.
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Background: Guinea's President Sekou Toure, leader of the former French West African territory, arrived by train in Bonn, Nov 16, to be warmly welcomed by President Luebke, Vice-Chancellor Ehrhard and Ministers of the West German Cabinet.
Sekou Toure, who arrived in West Germany from London the previous day to pay a private visit in the Dusseldorf area before going on to Bonn, was later received by Chancellor Dr Adenauer. Dr Adenauer was not present at the President's arrival, due to preparations for his own visit to London, Nov 17.
Before leaving Bonn for Moscow, Nov 19, the African visitor is expected to have discussions with a number of West German leaders, who regard it as a strong point in his favour that he has so far refused to recognise East Germany. West Germany is concerned, however, by the presence in Guinea of an East German trade mission and Czech military advisers. She would like to encourage her own trade there, which is at present negligible, and to provide advisers in such fields as agriculture and fisheries.
German trade with Africa is still very limited - 6.5% of the country's imports and 5% of its exports - and Guinea, as a typical African country in need of development, offers great possibilities as a market. Having recently severed links with a colonial Power, deprived of many of its former technicians and administrators, it is also regarded as potentially susceptible to Communist influence.