President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal wound up a four-day state visit to Nigeria on Wednesday (14 May) by issuing a joint communique with his host, President Alhaji Shehu Shagari.
GV President Leopold Sedar Senghor's place taxiing in at Lagos Airport.
GV President Alhaji Shehu Shagari and officials walking across tarmac.
SV President Senghor steps from plane and greeted by President Shagari.
SV President Senghor, with military officers, inspects Guard of Honour. (2 SHOTS)
LV President Senghor shaking hands with cabinet members.
SV Cultural dance group playing as President's party walk past airport building.
GV State House.
SV INTERIOR Two Presidents sign joint communique.
CU Presidents rise shake hands and exchange communiques (2 SHOTS)
CU President Senghor speaking in French to newsmen
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Background: President Leopold Sedar Senghor of Senegal wound up a four-day state visit to Nigeria on Wednesday (14 May) by issuing a joint communique with his host, President Alhaji Shehu Shagari. The communique touched on political, economic and cultural issues concerning the two West African countries in particular, and the world in general. The signing took place at State House in Lagos.
SYNOPSIS: President Sanghor's arrival at Lagos airport was greeted with full military pomp, with President Shagari on hand to greet his guest.
During the visit, both President were to reaffirm their commitments to the aims of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). They pledged to forge the community into a strong political and economic base for co-operation within the sub-region.
The two leaders viewed with concern the continued widening of the economic gap between the developed and under-developed countries. But they agreed that inter-African promotion of trade was bringing results.
Key Cabinet Ministers who later attended the signing of the communiques were introduced to President Senghor, at the airport ceremonies.
Both presidents said they were satisfied with the political situation in Zimbabwe, and pledged support for The South West African People's Organisation (SWAPO) struggle in Namibia.
The signing took place on the lat day of the visit. The communique included agreements to expand bilateral trade, and official sources said Senegal wanted to increase her purchases of Nigerian crude oil by forty percent.
To widen the boundaries of their economic co-operation the two countries decided to set up a permanent joint economic commission. The commission would explore ways of promoting commercial and industrial co-operation within the ECOWAS framework.
At a news conference after the signing, President Senghor -- who's led Senegal for twenty years gave his views on various political issues on the African continent.
He said both he and President Shagari had expressed concern over events in neighbouring Chad, and reaffirmed their support for a negotiated settlement there under the umbrella of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
Questions about the merits of multi, as opposed to single-party, governments, Presidents Senghor said he, of course favoured the multi. But, in a newly-independent country, unprepared for governing itself, he felt a single party could be sensible if it practised democracy from within. And he declared his abhorrence of coup d'etats and any forms of political and social violence.
President Senghor said he had survived two attempted coup d'etats and had handled them without a shot fired not anyone condemned to death.