• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA IS ON A PRIVATE VISIT TO FRANCE. HE ARRIVED YESTERDAY?

  • Description


    ELYSEE PALACE; DE GAULLE AND MOBUTU ON STEPS; MOBUTU COMES OUT OF PALACE AND TALKS TO PRESSMEN. FRENCH SOF.



    TRANSCRIPT MOBUTU: "AS I STATED IN PUBLIC AT KINSHASA BEFORE LEAVING FOR MY EUROPEAN TOUR, THERE ARE NO LONGER ANY MISUNDERSTANDINGS BETWEEN FRANCE AND MY COUNTRY. MY PRESENCE HERE IS A CONFIRMATION OF THIS."



    QUESTION: "DID YOU DISCUSS THE INTENSIFICATION OF RELATIONS BETWEEN FRANCE AND THE CONGO WITH GENERAL DE GAULLE?"



    MOBUTU: "THERE IS GOING TO BE AN INTENSIFICATION OF OUR RELATIONS. GENERAL DE GAULLE HAS JUST INVITED ME TO COME BACK TO FRANCE ON A STATE VISIT IN THE AUTUMN, AND I HAVE ACCEPTED."



    QUESTION: "THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME A PRESIDENT OF THE CONGO HAS BEEN RECEIVED AT THE ELYSEE?"



    MOBUTU: "YES".



    QUESTION: "COULD YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR IMPRESSIONS?"



    MOBUTU: "YOU KNOW THE GENERAL'S CHARACTER. WHAT FASCINATED ME ABOVE ALL WAS THAT HE SEEMED TO KNOW AFRICA SO WELL EVEN THOUGH HE HAS NOT BEEN THERE FOR 15 OR 16 YEARS. AS FOR RELATIONS BETWEEN FRANCE AND THE CONGO, WE ARE GOING TO INTENSIFY THEM. THE FACT THAT WE ARE A FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRY IS VERY IMPORTANT. THE CONGO IS THE BIGGEST FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRY IN THE WORLD IN SURFACE AREA, AND THE SECOND BIGGEST IN POPULATION AFTER FRANCE. IT IS ALSO A COUNTRY WHICH IS ENTIRELY FRENCH-SPEAKING: FRENCH IS NOT ONLY THE OFFICIAL, BUT THE NATIONAL LANGUAGE."




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    Background: PRESIDENT JOSEPH MOBUTU OF CONGO-KINSHASA IS ON A PRIVATE VISIT TO FRANCE. HE ARRIVED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY), AND TODAY MET GENERAL DE GAULLE AT THE ELYSEE PALACE. AFTER THE MEETING, HE SPOKE TO REPORTERS, AND TOLD THEM THAT HE HAD BEEN INVITED TO RETURN TO PARIS FOR A STATE VISIT IN THE AUTUMN.

    THIS IS THE FIRST VISIT TO FRANCE BY A HEAD OF STATE OF CONGO-KINSHASA. GENERAL MOBUTU HAS COME TO FRANCE AFTER A SEMI-OFFICIAL VISIT TO GREECE AND A STATE VISIT TO WEST GERMANY. AFTER HIS MEETING WITH GENERAL DE GAULLE, PRESIDENT MOBUTU CALLED ON PREMIER COUVE DE MURVILLE.

    HE WILL LEAVE PARIS ON MONDAY, BUT HE CONFIRMED TODAY THAT HE WOULD BE STAYING ON HOLIDAY IN FRANCE FOR A FEW DAYS.

    ANSWERING QUESTIONS WHEN HE CAME OUT OF THE ELYSEE PALACE, GENERAL MOBUTU SAID: FRENCH SOF BEGINS:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF4OCFSN3ZY0DNV1QS0B2ZKLR3
    Media URN:
    VLVAF4OCFSN3ZY0DNV1QS0B2ZKLR3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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