Israel-american Talks on Water Development Make Progress

The Israel-American talks on plans for regional development of the resources of the Jordan River and the surrounding area concluded last night with some progress on specific points and with an announcement that Eric Johnston, President Eisenhower’s personal envoy, was leaving for Cairo to resume his talks with representatives of Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan on the development scheme.

A joint communique issued here said that progress toward agreement on several points had been made and that certain other questions remained to be resolved. It revealed that while Ambassador Johnston was leaving today for Cairo three members of his staff would remain in Israel and, together with American Charge d’Affaires Francis Russell, would continue the discussions with the Israel Government. Finally, the communique said that further conversations between Ambassador Johnston and Premier Moshe Sharett, who headed the Israel negotiating team, are contemplated in the near future.

In an interview with newsmen late last night, Mr. Johnston refused to specify on what points agreements had been reached and where it had been lacking. He said that the three members of his staff who remain in Israel will stay as .long as necessary and that he would be in one or another of the neighboring countries and would be available if needed.

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