Britain Sends Envoy to Arabs, Israel to Seek Basis for Peace

A top British Foreign Office official is going to the Middle East to seek a basis for a settlement of Arab-Israel differences, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today from a Foreign Office source.

It is understood that Evelyn Shuckburgh, Assistant Undersecretary for Middle Eastern Affairs at the Foreign Office, who leaves today for a six-week tour of the Arab states and Israel, will seek a solution along the lines recently suggested by Foreign Secretary Sir Anthony Eden: preliminary agreements to relieve tension leading to wider agreements, with Britain offering her good offices as mediator.

The Times of London today revealed that “a settlement of Arab-Israel difficulties and related problems will be much under consideration in the coming months.” Mr. Shuckburgh is expected to call a meeting of all British envoys in the Middle East for December 2-4 in Beirut.

A debate on Middle East affairs has been scheduled in Parliament for next Tuesday, it was announced today. It is expected that Anthony Nutting, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, will open for the government and Sir Anthony will close the debate. The failure of the government to protect Israel’s interests in the Suez Canal settlement and the arming of the Arab states is expected to be raised vigorously by the Labor Party’s speakers, who will probably be led by Herbert Morrison, former Foreign Secretary.

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