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Israel to Train Experts for Congo Republic; Closer Ties Announced

Special courses will be organized by Israel for the training of cultural leaders and technical assistance experts from the Congo Republic (former French colony), it was announced here today.

The announcement was made in a joint communique issued by President Itzhak Ben Zvi and Congo President Fulbert Youlou. The communique affirms the confidence of both governments that “the forging of closer ties in all fields, between the peoples and the governments, expresses the aspirations of both nations.”

President Youlou today concluded a week’s visit to Israel. He was one of many African and Asian statesmen, government leaders and scientists attending the International Conference on the Role of Science in the New States, held at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot. Similar cultural and technical assistance agreements were concluded here last week with Nepal and Chad.

President Youlou, in a statement prior to his departure for home today, said: “My country and my people have much to learn from you Israelis. Many youths from the Congo have especially much to learn from your agricultural methods.” He told newspapermen at Lydda Airport that he was “very much impressed” with Israel’s “vivid accomplishments,” expressing the opinion that “the world at large can learn much from the Israeli people.”

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