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U.S. and Britain Reported in Agreement on Middle East Role in Present World Crisis

The role of the Middle East in the present world crisis has been agreed upon in talks which have been held in London and Washington, according to information in official circles here. These talks were part of the general survey of the situation which has been conducted by the British Chiefs of Staff and which resulted in the recent British suspension of all sales and delivery of arms to Middle East countries.

This survey has now been concluded and the general conclusions which the British arrived at have been approved in Washington. The main conclusion is that Britain and the United States are agreed on the need for some form of priorities in dealing with the present crisis centers. The Middle East, it is understood, does not figure as an immediate crisis center and there is agreement on certain preliminary steps with regard to that area.

First, it is reported that Britain and the United States have agreed to ensure the present status quo and prevent anything that might again unsettle the precaricus quiet in the Middle East. Secondly, Britain has reportedly undertaken to clarify its relations with Egypt before Middle East priorities are considered. Thirdly, Britain and the United States will make every effort to avoid another Arab-Israel clash at lake Success.

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