By mid 1974 South Africa had established contact with various francophone states of Africa visited by Dr. H. Muller. In September 1974 Premier Vorster followed up with a secret visit to the Ivory Coast, where he met with President Houphouët-Boigny, President Senghor of Senegal, and possibly also President Bongo of Gabon. Afterwards there were also links established with President Tolbert of Liberia, when Mr. Vorster visited him in February 1975, and with Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana as well as Dr. Banda of Malawi. (C. Legum, Vorster’s gamble for Africa, p.14; F. Metrowich, South Africa’s new frontiers, pp. 45-49) In the meantime the trade and friendship between South Africa and Zaire also increased, a relationship that was very important in terms of the events occurring in Angola.
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