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U.s.-algeria Relations Restored

The State Department announced today that the U.S. and Algeria have resumed formal diplomatic relations. Algeria was one of the Arab states that broke diplomatic relations with this country during the Six-Day War. The White House is still considering whom to name as Ambassador to Algeria.

During the past seven years Algerian interests in Washington were handled by Guyana and Switzerland represented the U.S. in Algeria. Iraq, which also broke diplomatic relations with the U.S. in 1967, and Yemen, which broke relations in 1969, are now the only two Arab countries that have no diplomatic relations with the U.S. Meanwhile, according to reports reaching here, Tunisia’s President Habib Bourguiba said today in Tunis that “a step toward a final solution” in the Middle East conflict would be Israel’s return to the lines of the United Nations’ 1947 partition plan.