Dulles and Eban Discuss U.S. Munitions Ship Ments to Arabs

The question of United States munitions shipments to Arab League states was among a number of matters taken up today in an hour-long discussion of “the whole atmosphere of Israel-American relations” held at the State Department today with Israel Ambassador Abba Eban and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles as the principal participants.

Mr. Eban later said that the arms discussion was included in “a general survey” of issues which were discussed in “a friendly and constructive spirit.”

When he returned recently from Israel, Mr. Eban talked with Secretary Dulles about the broader aspects of Israel-American affairs. A continuation of that discussion was originally slated for October 2 but was postponed until today owing to the illness last week of Henry A. Byroade, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. This was made known today by a spokesman for the Israel Embassy.

The meeting today, the Ambassador said, was a resumption of the review of questions begun in the first talk. He made it clear that the discussion of arms shipments to the Arabs did not constitute the principal part of the conversation. Both Mr. Dulles and the Israel Government thought the type of conversation held today would prove useful, Mr. Eban said.

Other participants in today’s meeting included Reuven Shiloah, newly-arrived Israel Minister plenipotentiary, and Mr. Byroade.

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