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West’s Foreign Ministers Discuss Middle East Situation

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The Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and the United States discussed the broad outlines of the Middle East situation at their meeting here tonight but it was understood that in the limited time at their disposal they were not able to go into the various problems in any great detail. Their chief concern, reportedly, was the threat to the Western sphere of influence in the Middle East posed by the Czech-Egyptian arms deal. Both Foreign Secretary Harold Macmillan of Britain and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles of the United States were described as holding the view that the Western Powers are in full possession of Israel’s views on the Middle East situation.

Premier Moshe Sharett of Israel, who arrived here Sunday, continued his consultations today with the Israel envoys to the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union. Eliahu Sasson, Israel envoy to Rome, attended the talks as an expert on Arab affairs. Mr. Sharett is to see the British and American foreign secretaries tomorrow but it is not expected that the conversation will be greatly detailed.

Tonight, Mr. Sharett had an extended meeting with Premier Edgar Faure of France. He will see Antoine Pinay, the French Foreign Minister, in Geneva later in the week, but his most important meeting is expected to be that with Soviet Foreign Minister V.M. Molotov in Geneva on Thursday or Friday. He will probably meet with the Western officials again after his meeting with Mr. Molotov.

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