U.S. Diplomats Parley Defines American Policy on Middle East

The American policy in the Middle East was defined in a five-point statement issued by the United States Embassy in Syria following the conclusion there of the high-level conference of American diplomats stationed in Middle East countries, it was reported here today.

The statement calls for: 1 Complete and strict impartiality between the Arab states and Israel; 2. Friendship for all Near Eastern countries; 3. Support of these countries in their efforts to create strong and stable governments; 4. Standing behind the Tripartite Declaration of 1950 which guarantees the borders of the Middle Eastern states against aggression; 5. Support of the United Nations truce machinery in Palestine.

The statement, issued in Damascus, also expressed the United States “sincere hopes” that the Arab states and Israel would reach agreement on the plan for regional development of the Jordan River which was proposed by Ambassador Eric Johnston, President Eisenhower’s personal envoy to the Near East.

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