Belgian Premier Leo Tindemans met with Zaire's President Mobutu Seso Seku for breakfast on Saturday (27 September) at President Mobutu's official residence.
GV Belgian and Zaire officials seated
SCU Tindemans PAN TO Mobutu
SV PAN Officials seated
GV Officials seated around table
SV & BV Mobutu and Tindemans leading delegates from building (3 shots)
SV PAN Tindemans and Mobutu shake hands with pilot and get on helicopter
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Background: Belgian Premier Leo Tindemans met with Zaire's President Mobutu Seso Seku for breakfast on Saturday (27 September) at President Mobutu's official residence.
At a dinner the previous night, shortly after his arrival in Zaire, Premier Tindemans was assured by President Mobutu that Belgian capital, as well as other foreign capital, would be secure in Zaire.
The reported promise comes through the Zaire News Agency, AZAP.
President Mobutu admitted that its nationalisation policy had hit foreign investments but said he expected it would not prevent Belgium from making a significant contribution to his country's development.
Relations were strained between the two countries last year when Belgian assets were nationalised. Premier Tindemans will be discussing ways of smoothing over differences and restoring Belgian aid to Zaire during his three-day visit.
In replying to President Mobutu, Mr. Tindemans said there was great sympathy between the two countries and that a new era of dialogue was being opened.
Following their breakfast on Saturday, Premier Tindemans boarded the Presidential helicopter for a visit to the giant Inga Hydro Electric Project in Zaire...a project that will cost an estimated 260 million dollars )125 million sterling). Part of it is being built by Belgian companies.
Zaire was formerly the Belgian Congo.