In Paris, aides of visiting Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso have said that their President's niece was among the six hundred Congolese children sent to Cuba for political and military training.
GV EXTERIOR Elysee Palace: Congolese President Nguesso and President Giscard D'Estaing
SV INTERIOR Shake hands as guard of honour stand to attention (2 shots)
SV on steps of Palace, Nguesso answers reporters' questions in French and then walks down steps into car
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Background: In Paris, aides of visiting Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso have said that their President's niece was among the six hundred Congolese children sent to Cuba for political and military training. They told reporters this was proof the children had not been sent against their will, as alleged in some press reports. Meanwhile, President Nguesso was meeting President Giscard D'Estaing to discuss France's relations with the former French colony.
SYNOPSIS: President Nguesso's meeting with President Giscard marked the climax of his four-day visit - his first to France since becoming President last year. Before arriving at the Elysee Palace, President Nguesso had held meetings with the French foreign and defence ministers, as well as the Minister for Co-operation, Monsieur Galley.
After meeting with President Giscard, President Nguesso told reporters he had discussed the situation in Chad, recently the scene of French military intervention. He said he was sure a solution could be found to the country's problems, with the co-operation both of France and the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
President Nguesso also said he had invited President Giscard to visit the Congo, although no date had been decided. Also on the agenda for the talks was the continuing aid which France sends to the Congo. Last year, it amounted to two hundred and nine million French francs (50 million U.S. dollars), as well as the presence of some six hundred French technical advisers.
The President's visit was seen in Paris as proof that the Congo was looking to extend its relations with the West, despite its current links with the USSR and other socialist countries.