Turkey to Abstain from Projected Anti-israel Moslem Bloc

Turkey, which maintains excellent diplomatic relations with Israel, has no intention of acceding to Pakistan’s efforts to create a Moslem bloc directed against Israel, it was reported in the New York Times today in a cable from Ankara.

The cable said that Mohammed Ali, Prime Minister of Pakistan announced last night that his country and Turkey had agreed on a “certain course of action” to develop a regional defense system under their treaty of friendly collaboration. However, Mr. Mohammed Ali had conceded that the two states had not reached agreement on a common policy toward the Israel-Arab conflict.

“Our sympathies with the Arab cause in the disputes in some Mid-East countries are exactly the same as before,” he asserted. “Our treaty with Turkey does not interfere in any way with our giving support to Mid-East countries.” Defending Pakistan’s advocacy of a conference of Moslem states in Amman, Jordan, to deal with the Israeli question, Mr. Mohammed Ali said Pakistan would not support Israel’s admission to the proposed conference, which has been strongly criticized by the Turks.

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