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“During the past year, We paid State Visits to nearly a dozen African nations, and in the views which We exchanged with other African leaders We encountered a sense of purpose, of dedication, of vision, which, We are persuaded, found its genesis in the common acceptance of the ideal of African unity, in the common response to the unique challenge which modern Africa presents to each of us in the common crusade in which we are each enlisted.  What do we seek for Africa? We seek to consolidate and guarantee our own precious liberty as independent nations. We seek freedom for our still dependent brothers. We seek Africa’s economic growth and development, the betterment of the way of life of Africans and all men. We seek the closest collaboration with those others – Asians, Europeans, North and South Americans – who share our desires and who are willing to co-operate with us.”
July 21, 1964