GENEVA (Mar. 13)
Israel has offered to share with drought-stricken African countries its skills in making the maximum use of limited water resources to grow food.
“Israel feels duty-bound to share the fruits of its experience with African friends,” David Kimche, Director General of the Israel Foreign Ministry, told the International Conference on the Emergency Situation in Africa here yesterday. “We do not have enormous budgets,” Kimche said. “But we do have a great deal of experience in growing food under difficult conditions. We also have a large reservoir of good will toward the people of Africa.”
During the two-day United Nations-sponsored conference which ended yesterday, Kimche met with U.S. Vice President George Bush and with a half dozen African leaders of countries which do not have diplomatic relations with Israel. He refused to identify them.
Apparently not included was Ethiopian Foreign Minister Goshu Wolde. Wolde told a press conference he would not meet with the Israeli official. Answering a question, Wolde claimed that Ethiopian Jews were taken to Israel against their will and called for their return to Ethiopia.