People: Feb. 22, 1963

It was one of those spontaneous expressions of people-to-people friendship that can take even a more practiced U.S. diplomat by surprise. After inspecting the new USIS library in downtown Algiers, G. Mennen Williams, 52, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, was on his way out when up dashed an enthusiastic gentleman. Soapy got the hand, but the beard got him—in a bristly, both-cheeks embrace. The Algerians were all for Williams because he observed the sunrise-to-sundown Moslem fast of Ramadan—plus the fact that their government had decided to headline the U.S. emergency aid...

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