United States Vice-President Walter Mondale has been on a two-day visit to Niger for talks about U.S. economic aid for the West African state.
GV Banner welcoming U.S. Vice-President Walter Mondale to Niamey Airport, Niger.
CU Local sign, Niamey.
GV Mondale down steps of aircraft and greeted by President Seyni Kountche of Niger as guard of honour marches past. (2 SHOTS)
SV Niger President and Mondale walking along tarmae past guard of honour. (2 SHOTS)
GVs Mondale being presented to military and civilian officials. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: United States Vice-President Walter Mondale has been on a two-day visit to Niger for talks about U.S. economic aid for the West African state. Before he returns home, Mr. Mondale will have visited Senegal, Niger and Nigeria and the drought-stricken Cape Verde archipelago.
SYNOPSIS: The United States has given economic help to Niger since 1961, a year after the country's independence from France. Mr. Mondale held his first talks with Niger President Seyni Kountche soon after his arrival on Saturday (19 July). A second meeting was held the next day. He told reporters at the airport his visit was intended to reaffirm the United States' friendship with Niger and the nations of Africa.
Niger, for many years, one of Africa's poorest states, is said to have a bright economic future because of its vast uranium reserves. Its uranium output has increased from nearly fifteen hundred tonnes in 1977 to about four thousand tonnes this year. By the end of the decade Niger is expected to produce about ten percent of the world's uranium needs.