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U.S. Mapping Decisions on Middle East, Byroade Arrives for Talks

Henry A. Byroade, United States Ambassador to Egypt, arrived here today from Cairo to report to Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and to President Eisenhower on Middle East problems connected with the forthcoming talks between the President and British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden.

State Department sources indicated that Mr. Byroade’s report will figure in policy decisions to be taken here on Middle East issues, probably including Israel’s bid for American arms. It was learned that Mr. Byroade has urged the State Department to reject Israel’s request for arms, maintaining that U.S. action favorable to Israel would lessen Middle East peace prospects and worsen American relations with Egypt.

A State Department spokesman today said that Israel’s arms list remains “under study.” He was asked about the “1956 status” of Israel’s request to purchase arms from this country, and replied that no decision has been made. In official circles it was indicated that Israel may not receive all the arms it asked, either in quantity or kind and that any equipment sold to Israel probably will be parceled out at a slow rate.

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