WASHINGTON (Jan. 10)
Plans for a joint approach by the United States and Britain to the Arab-Israel problem will be laid at an eight-day meeting of British and American officials starting here, Thursday in preparation for the forthcoming conference between President Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden.
The American officials will be headed by Assistant Secretary of State George V. Allen. The British group is headed by Evelyn Shuckburgh, adviser on Middle East affairs at the British Foreign Office. Among the participants will be Henry A. Byroade, United States Ambassador to Egypt. Both U.S. and British official sources here today said that no concrete policy decisions will be taken until Mr. Eden arrives in this country and starts his discussions with President Eisenhower on January 30.
State Department sources indicated today that the question of seeking a speedy peaceful settlement between Israel and the Arab countries will be one of the issues on the agenda of the eight-day meeting at which plans will be mapped to counter Soviet penetration into the Middle East. The meeting will also deal with the problem of arms shipments to Israel and the Arab countries with a view to maintaining a balance of armaments in the Middle East, it was stated.
State Department press officer Lincoln White was asked today if Israel Ambassador Abba Eban received any hint last week from the State Department on action on the Israel arms list. Mr. White replied not to my knowledge. “It is thought possible that Secretary of State John Foster Dulles may clarify the status of the list tomorrow at a press conference which has been scheduled.
Meanwhile, Israel Labor Minister Golda Myerson had a lengthy meeting with Mr. Allen today but declined to divulge the nature of the talk. She was accompanied to the State Department by Ambassador Eban. Donald Burgess, head of the State Department’s Israel Desk, participated. The talk lasted almost an hour.