JERUSALEM (Jan. 14)
Reliable sources said today that the Israel government has decided to expand its technical aid and development projects in several of the larger African states. The move follows a year in which five-African states severed diplomatic relations with Jerusalem, the most serious setback yet suffered by Israel on that continent.
According to the sources, Israel has decided to concentrate on strengthening its ties with those African states that have proven their friendship although the expanded aid programs will not be at the expense of others. No countries have been mentioned. But between 5-10 are said to be under consideration for new projects in the fields of agriculture, education and technology. Sources said the list would include Zaire, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
Israeli officials expressed satisfaction today with the expressions of appreciation for Israeli aid recently voiced by a senior Ghanaian official. The occasion was the ceremonial opening of a farm-management course by Israeli experts in Ghana. Lt. Col. E.P. Baidoo, governor of the area where the course will be given, asked Israeli Ambassador Avraham Cohen to convey to Israel’s government and people Ghana’s thanks for Israel’s help. “We hope this assistance will continue.” Col. Baidoo said.