State Department Officials Laud Israel’s Aid to Developing Nations

State Department spokesmen, expressed pride here in Israel’s emerging progress and in the young state’s ability now to provide aid for other developing nations. Representatives of the Agency for International Development, while outlining the global program of aid to the needy peoples of the world, said that Israel is not necessarily a terminal element since she will continue to receive loans and will share in cultural programs advanced by the United States. But the State of Israel nevertheless is viewed as “a graduate” to be proud of and the example set by her assistance to Afre-Asian nations is inducing other nations to provide similar services.

The State Department National Foreign Policy Conference for Editors and Broad casters, held at the State Department, a leading AID spokesman said that he had personally witnessed the reactions of Afro-Asian nations to Israel. He said that at sessions of world agencies covered by the United Nations there were occasions when the Afro-Asians refused to participate with Portugal but gladly and courteously welcomed Israel. “It was a direct appreciative result of Israel’s extensive technical, medical and social aid to many of these nations,” he said.

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