The FNLA, however, received most assistance from the United States of America. In 1975 Gerald Ford was the President and Henry Kissinger the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Both were concerned about the increase of communist influence in Africa. They were aware of the strategic position of Angola and the necessity to keep the country inside the western sphere of influence. They therefore considered it essential to support the FNLA and UNITA in their fight against the Marxist MPLA. Both also realised that any enterprise that could result in a second Vietnam would find very little approval amongst the American people.
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