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British Cabinet Discusses Middle East Situation; Military Chiefs Present

The British Cabinet discussed the Middle East situation today at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Eden and attended by Foreign Secretary Harold Macmillan, War Minister Anthony Head and the chiefs of the British armed services.

The presence of the military leaders led to speculation that the Cabinet had considered the military aspects of the Middle East situation. It is understood that Mr. Macmillan reported on his unsuccessful approaches to Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov over the arming of Egypt by Czechoslovakia, and on his discussions with Secretary of State of John Foster Dulles and French Foreign Minister Antoine Pinay on a common Western policy toward the Israel-Arab conflict.

Meanwhile, official circles have made a new attempt to “explain” Prime Minister Eden’s suggestion to Israel and Egypt to “compromise” over the boundary situation. They said that Britain does not expect major sacrifices from either party, but it seeks some indication that both sides want an agreement. Without such evidence, these circles asserted, mediation is impossible.

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