6. Telegram 3429 From the Embassy in Morocco to the Department of State1
3429. Subj: Algerian Ambassador on US-Algerian Diplomatic Relations.
1. During discussion mainly on other subject July 19, Algerian Amb Dellici took initiative to raise subject of US-Algerian diplomatic relations. He recounted that when former Secy Rogers had been in Rabat, Moroccans had called him to meet with Rogers privately. During meeting, Algerian had said two obstacles—Vietnam and Middle East conflict—stood between US and Algeria. Rogers had replied that Vietnam would end; but no one could make firm predictions about ME conflict. Algerian had telephoned Boumediene same night to report this conversation, and Boumediene had told him that if US could arrive at “half-solutions” for these problems which would eventually lead to full solutions, Algeria could resume diplomatic relations.
2. At present time, Algerian continued, Vietnam behind US and ME conflict half solved. It was his personal view therefore that once Geneva Conference was underway and appeared to be going well, there would be no further obstacles to diplomatic relations. After all, he noted, political and economic relationship already close, with broad range of mutually beneficial contacts.
Summary: Neumann summarized his July 19 discussion with Algerian Ambassador Dellici about obstacles to the resumption of diplomatic relations between the United States and Algeria. Dellici reported that progress made on Vietnam and the Middle East conflict would result in normalization of relations.
Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 740, Country Files, Africa, Morocco II. Secret; Exdis. Repeated to Algiers.↩