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U.S. Officials on Algerian Premier: Not Surprised by Betrayal

Oct. 17, 1962 - U.S. officials said tonight they were unhappy but not too surprised by Algerian Premier Ben Bella’s action in coming out strongly in support of Premier Fidel Castro in the Cuban leader’s dispute with the U.S. The officials made it clear that the U.S. Government was reluctant to take Mr. Ben Bella to task at this delicate juncture when his new nation is just beginning to establish itself in international affairs. A State Department spokesman, commenting on Mr. Ben Bella’s joining Premier Castro in a demand that the U.S. give up the Guantanamo naval base, said the U.S. had no intention of doing so.

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