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Israel Envoy Seeks Clarification on U.S. Decision to Arm Egypt

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Israel Ambassador Abba Eban said today that he had received from George V. Allen. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, a “detailed and specific description” of American policies and actions involving the supply of war munitions to Egypt and that he was conveying the information to the Israel Government authorities.

Ambassador Eban met with Mr. Allen for almost an hour. He sought clarification on behalf of the Israel Government regarding reports alleging American intentions to sell arms to Egypt. Implications of the Russian offer of arms to Egypt were discussed. Mr. Eban said Israel’s views against reinforcement of Arab armies were well known.

The State Department declined to comment officially on the official British announcement that Egypt has accepted a Soviet arms offer. But State Department sources said the United States was disappointed with Egypt and hoped that Egypt would decide to spurn the Soviet offer and accept American arms.

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