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Premier Eshkol’s Visit to African Lands Termed in Paris As Success

June 2, 1966
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Premier Levi Eshkol’s tour of six African nations, which began Monday, is a success because of the care which the Israel Government has implemented its program of technical aid to those countries, the influential Paris daily newspaper, He Monde, declared today, Mr. Eshkol is visiting the Ivory Coas, Liberia, Congo-Leopoldville, Madagascar, Uganda and Kenya.

The newspaper attributed the effectiveness of the Israeli program to three conditions. One of these is that Israel avoids giving the former colonial powers the impression that it intends to take their place. In those programs, Israel has given no cause for such concern to France, Belgium or Britain.

At the same time, Le Monde pointed out, Israel seeks to avoid giving the new African countries any impression that it is acting as an assistant to those powers. Third, unlike the actions of Arab diplomats officially called upon in countries like Chad or Senegal, the Israeli diplomats always stay out of the international political quarrels of those nations.

Attention to these cautions, the newspaper added, is backed by the efficiency of the technical experts Israel sends to the new African nations, which Le Monde said might very well be the fundamental reason for the Israeli success in Africa.

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