G.Mennen Williams...Assistant U-S Secretary of State for African Affairs...has ended a five-day four of Algeria.He?
G.Mennen Williams...Assistant U-S Secretary of State for African Affairs...has ended a five-day four of Algeria.He promised Premier Ben Bella more technical and material aid from the United States to help restore Algerian agriculture...laid waste by seven years of war.
Williams took the direct approach in seeking to assure Algerians that the United States is concerned about them and their country's economic plight.Independence from France left Algeria sapped by its industrial, commercial and agricultural strength.
In eastern Algeria...Williams and his party inspected a new village being built near Batna...in a region where the war was most violent.It is where rebuilding is most urgent.As part of rehabilitating the area...burned out forests are being replanted and five million acres of land are under cultivation.Algerians working on the project are paid in food.
Williams gave them talks to boost their morale, answering their complaints.He took pictures to record the visit.And then the former Governor of the State of Michigan...in America's Mid-west...compared the project to conservation work back home..and planted a tree himself.