Remarks at the Welcoming
Ceremony for President Moussa Traore
Reagan. Mr. President, it's an honor and a pleasure to welcome you on your
first official visit to the
and your country have also courageously embarked on an economic reform program.
As a result,
President, we're also pleased by your visit because you represent not only
your leadership, Mr. President, I'm confident the OAU will continue with these
crucial activities. You have already demonstrated your interest in helping to
promote regional settlements in southern
Mr. President, I understand there is a Malian proverb that goes: Bolokoni kelen te bele ta -- One finger cannot lift a rock. I think this proverb expresses perfectly the goal and the strength of the Organization of African Unity. Africans must pull together and work together. And we wish you and the OAU great success in working together to achieve common goals during your time as chairman and throughout the OAU's next 25 years.
President, we look forward to talking with you over the next few days, not only
about bilateral concerns and African regional issues but about concerns we
share in other parts of the world. For
Traore. Mr. President, I should like on behalf of my
delegation and my own name to express my very sincere thanks to you for the
kind invitation extended to us to visit this great nation, the
visit meets two concerns; first of all, the concern of making even stronger the
friendship and solidarity which have been a trademark of relations between our
two nations. May I cite in this connection Vice President Bush's memorable
I now express my honest wish to bring to the American people in my capacity as
president of the OAU a message of friendship from the peoples of
I know for a fact, Mr. President, that my visit will give us a chance to discuss together the major issues of common interest. And I am convinced, Mr. President, that our discussions will enable us to make progress in the search for a solution to the problems which are of concern to both our sides. Mr. President, I thank you.
Note: President Reagan spoke at at the South Portico of the White House, where President Traore was accorded a formal welcome with full military honors. President Traore spoke in French, and his remarks were translated by an interpreter. Following the ceremony, the two Presidents met in the Oval Office.