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Britain Authorized by Allies to Draft Middle East Command Plans

The Allied Chiefs of Staff have assigned to Britain the task of drafting two Middle East command plans, one providing for Egyptian participation and the other without it, it was learned here today.

It is understood that the United States agreed to Britain’s working out the plans because of British experts’ superior knowledge of the area. The plans will be rushed to completion and whichever one seems more feasible will be adopted by the Chiefs of Staff.

It is also understood that the United States has recently taken the lead in approaching Egypt and pressing for Anglo-Egyptian rapprochement, which would permit Egypt to participate in the Middle East command. Informed sources here say that the Americans have promised Egypt valuable economic concessions should she agree to join with the Western Powers as an equal partner in defending the region.

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