Hours before U.S. Secretary of State, William Rogers, arrived in Tunis yesterday (Tuesday) for a?
Hours before U.S. Secretary of State, William Rogers, arrived in Tunis yesterday (Tuesday) for a two-day official visit, a group of 2,000 students held a public meeting denouncing American policy in the Middle East.
But strong police detachments prevented the students from marching to the U.S. Embassy, and eventually the demonstration broke up without any violence.
Mr Rogers, who is on a tour of ten African countries, left Tunisia today for Addis Ababa. Before the left he told reporters he had had a frank exchange of views with M. Habib Bourguiba Jnr, Tunisian Foreign Minister, on the Middle East situation.
Mr Rogers announced that the U.S. had decided to grant Tunisia the sum of 2.9 million dollars (1.2 million sterling) to help repair damage caused by the October floods.
Earlier, M. Bourguiba expressed his government's gratitude for the economic assistance the United States had given Tunisia since its independence. In reply, Mr Rogers said he didn't think the U.S. had a better friend in the world than Tunisia.
While Mr Rogers was in Tunis he presented Tunisian Prime Minister Bahi Ladgham with samples of lunar rock, together with a personal letter of greeting from President Nixon.