Arab Countries Must Accept Israel’s Existence, Turkey Decides

The Turkish Government is of the opinion that Israel is a reality and that the Arabs must accept the fact that Israel has come to stay, it was indicated here today following a week-long conference of Turkish diplomatic representatives in Middle Eastern countries.

The conference, which was attended by President Djelal Bayar of Turkey, as well as by Premier Adnan Menderes, heard reports from Turkish envoys in the Arab countries and in Israel, and came to the conclusion that there should be no deviation from the policy of neutrality between Israel and the Arab lands which has been followed by Turkey since soon after the recognition of the Jewish state.

At the same time, the conference recommended that Turkish diplomats should make new efforts to bring Arab countries to closer collaboration with the West. The possibilities of developing the Turkish-Pakistani pact with a view to including some of the Arab countries was also one of the major subjects discussed at the conference.

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