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American Friends of Middle East Open Two-day Conference

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The Eisenhower Administration has changed the Truman Administration’s course in the Middle East and is now trying to reassure the Arab states of American friendship, Dorothy Thompson, president of the American Friends of the Middle East, today told 200 persons attending the organization’s annual two-day conference here.

Without naming President Truman, Miss Thompson, in her presidential report, told the conference that the past Administration in Washington departed from traditional American doctrine because “it had a favorite nation to whom it offered concessions and privileges beyond those of its neighbors.” On the dais with Miss Thompson and other leaders of the organization today were representatives of most of the Arab League states, including Omar Loutfi, acting delegate of Egypt at the United Nations.

President Eisenhower sent greetings to the conference in which he said, referring to the Middle East countries, “by maintaining firm friendship with all these nations and by helping to increase the security of this area, we further the cause of peace in the world. Fortunately our efforts have helped to bring about encouraging developments in the Near East during the past two years. Such progress gives justification to our hope that through continued patience, forbearance, and wisdom, difficulties now resolved may be brought to solution.”

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