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State Department Has Received No Communication from Ibn Saud on Anglo-u.s. Report

The United States Government has not received any communication from King Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia reportedly stating that he would withhold his decision on economic concessions to this country until the United States clarifies its stand on Palestine, Acting Secretary of State Dean Acheson told his press conference today.

Asked whether this Government’s position is likely to be altered by the reported Arabian pressure, Acheson said that the United States anticipates consulting the Arabian governments, including Saudi Arabia, in regard to the Anglo-American committee report, as he previously announced on May 10. When the Arabian comments have been received, the Acting Secretary declared, they will be given the most careful study and attention, as will the comments of the other organizations to be consulted.

Acheson said he was unable to specify when the consultations with the Arab governments would take place, the date being contingent on many things, but that the United States Government recognizes its commitment to go forward with those discussions. He said they are not contingent on prior discussions with the British.

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