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February 10, 1962

LETTER FROM THE GPRA MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TO THE GPRA MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR, ‘MATERIAL ASSISTANCE’

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    1962 letter from Saad Dahlab -- Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs -- to Algeria's Ministry of the Interior, detailing Albania's offer for material support for the Algerian cause.
    "Letter from the GPRA Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the GPRA Ministry of the Interior, ‘Material Assistance’ ," February 10, 1962, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Dossier 55/03/01; Fond: GPRA, 1958-62; Archives Nationales d’Algérie, Alger. Translated from French and transcribed by Pierre Asselin, with Paulina Kostrzewski. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/121590
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Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cairo 10 February 1962

Subject: Material Assistance

To the Ministry of interior

Dear Brother:

The Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Albania in Cairo has informed us that his government has collected as assistance to Algeria a quantity of material that includes clothing (military and civilian) and food items of a value of 500,000 lecks. Moreover, the Albanian government has set aside 8 hospital beds for our sick and wounded. It has offered scholarships for 5 students to study in Tirana. It agrees to welcome a delegation during the months of May and June for an agricultural training session. These offers have only been made following a request presented by the UGTA [Union General de Travailleurs Algeriens, the Algerian Workers’ Labor Union] to the Albanian labor federation. The Albanian Ambassador awaits our response. Regarding the material collected, the Albanian government is ready to charter a ship for its transfer. Should the shipment be sent directly to Tunis or else to Alexandria before being picked up by our trucks? This last proposal is most practical for Albania.

Fraternally, the Minister of Foreign Affairs