President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia made his first official state visit to Britain on March 22, and was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
22 MARCH 1983.
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Background: LONDON, U.K.
President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia made his first official state visit to Britain on March 22, and was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. He had visited Britain several times in the past, and the purpose of his first official trip was to smooth over the cracks in relationships between the two countries, caused by strains over the future of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
There were riots in Lusaka in 1979 when angry residents demonstrated over damage they said was caused by troops of the Rhodesian army, who were in hot pursuit of guerrillas, based in Zambia.
During the negotiations, under which the former British colony of Rhodesia became independent Zimbabwe, President Kaunda staunchly supported the British commonwealth, which earned him the gratitude of Queen Elizabeth, his host during this visit.
A state banquet was held in his honour at the Queen's London residence, Buckingham Palace, during which he thanked the British government for its realism in paving the way for independence for Zimbabwe.
He planned to meet Prime Minister Mrs. Margaret Thatcher before he left, but had no plans to meet Joshua Nkomo, the Opposition leader in Zimbabwe, who recently fled the country in fear for his life, and was in London at the time.
The Zambian economy, heavily dependent on copper exports, was beset by arrears in trade pavements, and Britain agreed to provide 22 million U.S. dollars worth of aid, in addition to a total of 100 million dollars already provided.
Reuters said President Kaunda hoped to obtain agreement for further aid programmes.
Source: BBC AND REUTERS LIBRARY