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Israel, Upper Volta Sign Protocol

Israel and Upper Volta signed a new protocol today outlining plans for cooperation in agriculture. Additional Israeli agronomists and irrigation experts will work in the West African nation and scholarship programs will be expanded in both Israel and Upper Volta for postgraduate agricultural students.

Israeli officials appeared gratified by the strengthening of friendly ties with Upper Volta, particularly after its neighbor, Togo, abruptly severed diplomatic relations with Israel last week. The new agricultural agreement was signed by Lompone Kone, a former Foreign Minister of Upper Volta and a top aide to that country’s Premier who is currently visiting Israel. Kone has brought an oral message to Premier Golda Meir which he will deliver when he meets her tomorrow. Officials here believe it will be friendly.