Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
Thursday morning at the White House there had been an exchange of their published works. For his collection of poems, "Songs of Shadows," Senegal's 71-year-old poet-president Leopold Senghor had in turn received President Jimmy Carter's campaign autobiograhy, "Why Not The Best?"
He would add it to his Sunday reading fare (which includes The Washington Post and The New York Times), the French speaking Senghor told Carter, and said he hoped it would help improve his English.
Later, when the meeting was over, the White House announced that there had been another exchange, this one of Senegalese and American views on Africa and the Mideast. Despite Senghor's remarks on the need for U.S. weapons, made Wednesday evening at Georgetown University, there had been no request for arms support for a pan-African fighting force, said the White House.
Carter's position had been to stress the importance of non-intervention in Africa by outsiders, according to a spokesman, and Senghor's had been that Carter's Annapolis speech "was a great comfort to him."
At a reception Thursday night, Senghor put off questions about his talks with Carter or his failure to raise the questions of U.S. arms sales to Africans. He would answer later, he said through an interpreter ashe stood shaking hands with more than 600 guests from Washington's political diplomatic community. Later never did come, however, aides rushed Senghor to a limosuine motorcade waiting outside the Sheraton Park Hotel after his brief remarks to the crowd.
The visit, said a New York public relations consultant hired to publicize it (plus Senegalese tourism), had been a private one.
"He didn't come for arms or an armament conference," said Sheldon Ritter, president of Crown Communications, Inc., "but to discuss the problems of Africa in toto."
And to raise funds for a museum highlighting African culture, a goal that was satisfied to the extent of an estimated $84,000 by a New York dinner earlier in the week.
Senegal's Ambassador and Mrs. Andre Coulbary joined Senghor in Thursday night's receiving line, which included its share of jumpers, among them D.C. City Council members Sterling Tucker and Douglas Moore. "I gotta politic tonight," said Moore, a candidate for council chairman.
Another candidate, for mayor, lamented over what you give the visitor who has everything. Already the owner of a key to the city, Senghor has been here often enough to have received every ceremonial gift Washington has, said Mayor Walter Washington.
"We searched hard and the only gifr which my poor treasury has been able to muster is the seal of George Washington, symbol of our city," said the other Washington, handling it to Senghor.
For his part, the Senegalese leader said he would return next year bringing with him an exhibit of antique Senegalese art, as well as the Senegal Ballet and the Dakar Choir.