UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (Mar. 9)
The policy of the State Department with regard to Israel and the Arab states was outlined today by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles in the course of a press conference here during which he touched on various aspects of the international situation.
Secretary Dulles made it clear that the United States Government is primarily interested in the security of the Middle East and hopes to bring about the conclusion of an Arab-Israel peace settlement. It is difficult to establish security in that part of the world without an Arab-Israel peace pact, he emphasized.
Asked by an Arab correspondent to define the Administration’s “new approach” to the Middle East situation, Secretary Dulles pointed out that the U.S. Government now has a new approach to most problems. He spoke of it as “a new look” and said that he felt it possible to do better in the future than in the past.
Asked whether he intends to visit Israel during his coming tour of the Middle East, Mr. Dulles replied that he hoped so. He said he could not speak in terms of specific countries and explained that accepted diplomatic etiquette does not permit him to name the countries he will visit until he has been invited to visit them.