The explosion marked the completion of the first stage of the billion‐dollar power and irrigation project, which is designed to remake the face of this ancient and underdeveloped land.
Mr. Khrushchev termed the Soviet‐aided dam project the “eighth wonder” of the world and conferred upon President Nasser the title Hero of the Soviet Union for having initiated work on “the greatest dam on the African continent.”
As Premier Khrushchev and President Nasser addressed 5,000 officials, diplomats and construction workers seated under tents, the building of the second stage—the main dam itself—continued less than half a mile away. Hundreds of offduty workers, however, stood nearby shouting their slogans n praise of “Gamal!” and “Nikita Khrushchev!”
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