United States Secretary of State William Rogers said in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa yesterday (Wednesday) that America had no desire to acquire any special influence in Africa.
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Background: United States Secretary of State William Rogers said in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa yesterday (Wednesday) that America had no desire to acquire any special influence in Africa. He was speaking on his arrival in Ethiopia for a three day visit.
Mr. Rogers went from the airport to the Palace of Emperor Haile Selassie. The American statesman's visit coincided with that of President Tito of Yugoslavia who has just finished a three day visit to Ethiopia. The two men talked for 75 minutes on world affairs. The talks centred mainly around the Middle East.
At the airport Mr. Rogers told the large crowd which assembled to greet him that the United States was opposed to the continuation in Africa of systems based on racial discrimination. He also said that America had deep respect for the independence of African nations and did not seek to be involved in their internal affairs.
The first call on Emperor Selassie was merely one of protocol. The men met again later to discuss world and African affairs. They talked for an hour in the Ethiopian leader's book-lined study.