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Kenyan President to Visit South Africa

June 8, 1992

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi will visit South Africa on his way to the Earth Summit in Brazil, the government said Monday.

Moi’s visit Tuesday is a breakthrough for President F.W. de Klerk’s efforts to build international ties after decades of isolation because of apartheid. Moi plans to meet with de Klerk.

The last head of state to visit South Africa was King Moshoeshoe II of the tiny nation of Lesotho in 1988.

The African National Congress, which has opposed visits by foreign leaders in the past, said it did not object to Moi’s trip. ANC spokesman Carl Niehaus said ANC leader Nelson Mandela plans to talk with Moi in Johannesburg later this month.

Since coming to power in 1989, de Klerk has visited more than 20 nations, including Kenya.

Most foreign sanctions have been lifted in response to de Klerk’s reforms. But talks on fully ending apartheid are deadlocked.

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