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Israel and Upper Volta Republic Sign Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation

Israel and the new African nation of Upper Volta signed a treaty of friendship and cooperation, including terms for mutual assistance, particularly in the areas of agriculture and irrigation. The treaty was signed on behalf of Upper Volta by the republic’s president, Maurice Yameogo, and for Israel by Foreign Minister Golda Meir.

Earlier, President Yameogo, concluding a week’s tour of Israel, and Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, issued a joint declaration calling on the older “rich nations” of the world to provide development assistance to the newly independent countries of the world. The declaration denounced the “inhumane actions” against the independence movements participants in Angola, Africa. The joint statement also called for the granting of “full rights” and equality “in all spheres” to the people of South Africa.