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State Department Official Addresses Arab Parley in Atlantic City

The prospect of Mutual Security Aid for Israel loomed closer this week-end as Assistant Secretary of State George C. McGhee told a conference of American Arabs here that he entertained “firm hopes that before many more weeks pass, the mutual security program will be an operating actuality.”

A warning against Arab “neutralism” was issued by Mr. McGhee who cautioned the Syrian and Lebanese American Federations of the Eastern States that the Soviet Union has aspirations in the Near East. He said that “although the United States makes no conditions for a quid pro quo return for the mutual security program, it does hope that the Near Eastern governments and people will cooperate fully with the program and that it will be accompanied by a rebirth of spirit and teamwork in the Near East.”

The Assistant Secretary told the Arabs that the Arab states can expect a “substantial proportion” of the $160,000,000 in mutual security funds voted for the Near East and Africa. He said that this substantial proportion will be for development projects and “the reintegration of the Palestine refugees as productive and contributive members of their communities.”

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