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Israel Extends Its ‘point Four’ Program to Nepal Kingdom

August 23, 1960
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Israel’s “Little Point Four” program was extended today to the Asian mountain kingdom of Nepal. A joint statement by Premier David Ben-Gurion of Israel and Premier B. P. Koirala of Nepal announced agreement between the two states for technical cooperation and joint enterprises in the fields of agriculture, industry and construction.

Israel will send a team of technical experts to Nepal to blueprint plans for technical assistance and cooperative enterprises. It was understood that the major form of cooperation between the two countries will be in joint Nepalese-Israeli companies similar to the joint companies in which Israel is participating with a number of Asian and African countries.

Premier Koirala, it was learned, had also indicated a desire to send Nepalese officers for training with the Israel Army. He was particularly interested in the “Nahal”–the semi-military agricultural youth training organization that mans many settlements on the Israeli frontiers. Under the agreement, Israel will provide scholarships for general and specialized training for Nepalese students here.

Premier Koirala concluded a ten-day visit here during which he attended a scientific conference at the Weizmann Institute and met Israel leaders.

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