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Ghana Premier Lauds Israel in Washington; Says Israel Aids His Country

Prime Minister Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana today lauded Israel in an address before the National Press Club and indicated rejection of any United Arab Republic complaint against Ghana-Israel friendship.

Dr. Nkruman said Israel might be a small country but that it had achieved remarkable development in ten years through the skill of its people. He credited Israel with having aided Ghana and mentioned Israeli assistance in the founding of the Black Star shipping line.

He indicated that he told Nasser in Cairo that there could be no objection from any African government to Ghana’s relations with Israel. Although a meeting of African leaders agreed on a definite policy toward the Algerian issue, Dr. Nkrumah said the Israel question was avoided for the reason that Israel is not on the African continent while Algeria is a part of that continent.

He expressed belief a United Nations summit conference could help solve the Arab-Israel dispute. At the same time, he said that there was “only one solution”–a face-to-face meeting “and then we will know who is fooling the other.”

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