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Israel and Dahomey Sign Friendship Treaty; Dahomey to Get Technical Aid

A treaty of friendship and a treaty of technical assistance from Israel to the new African republic of Dahomey were signed here today. A joint statement was published simultaneously stressing the gratification of the two countries over the friendship between them.

The treaties were signed by Dahomey Foreign Minister Assogba Oke and Israel Trade Minister Pinhas Rosen. Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion and Dahomey President Hubert Maga signed the joint statement. Dahomey’s President and entourage will finish tomorrow an eight-day visit which will include a dinner tendered them by President Ben-Zvi.

The technical aid treaty envisages mutual aid in areas of farming, training or manpower, health services, education, fishing, mining, transportation, and youth training. Israel will provide Dahomey with a number of scholarships in these areas and will pay expenses and maintenance for Dahomey personnel while training in Israel. Israel also agreed to pay the salaries of experts sent to Dahomey for limited periods while Dahomey will reciprocate in payment of salaries of Israelis who go to Dahomey for extended periods.