Financial and technical aid were discussed by the Foreign Minister of the Gabonese Republic, Mr.?
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Background: Financial and technical aid were discussed by the Foreign Minister of the Gabonese Republic, Mr. Georges Rawiri and Israel's Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, and Foreign Minister, Abba Eban, in Jerusalem on Wednesday (7 February).
The Gabonese Minister presented a letter from his President Albert Bernard Bongo to Mrs. Meir which included a request for increased aid from Israel.
During his talks with Mr. Eban, Mr. Rawiri reached an agreement to send ten Gabonese to Israel for training in oil refinery techniques at the Halfa oil refinery.
After Mr. Rawiri's meeting with Mrs. Meir, her office said that she would be replying to President Bongo's letter through diplomatic channels.
The Gabonese Minister's visit is part of an Israeli effort to strengthen relations with the 27 member countries of the Organisation of African Unity.
In this past ten months five African countries, Uganda, Chad, Congo Brazzavills, Niger and Mali--have severed relations with Israel.
SYNOPSIS: As part of a campaign to strengthen relations with members of the Organisation of African Unity, Israel's Prime Minister Mrs. Golda Meir was host to the Gabonese Republic's Foreign Minister on Wednesday. He is Mr. Georges Rawiri who was making a three-day official visit to Israel for talks with Government leaders. Mr. Rawiri is no stranger to Israel. He visited Jerusalem in 1965 as Gabonese Minister of Information and Tourism.
The Gabonese leader met with Mrs. Meir for more than an hour to discuss closer co-operation between the two countries. Mr. Rawiri also presented Mrs. Meir with a message from President Albert Bernard Bongo requesting Israel to step up aid to the Republic. After the meeting, however, Mr. Meir's office said she would be replaying to President Bongo's letter through diplomatic channels.
Later in the morning, Mr. Rawiri was invited to visit the office of Israeli Foreign Minister, Mr. Abba Eban.
Mr. Eban greeted his guest and the two leaders sat to discuss proposed technical aid for the African Republic. During their meeting they reached agreement for Israel to train ten Gabonese in oil refinery techniques at the Haifa Oil Refinery.