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British Foreign Secretary to Visit U.S. Seeks Joint Mid-east Policy

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Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd is now considering a lightning visit to Washington in a major attempt to hammer out a joint Anglo American policy on the Middle East before the arrival here of Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin and Communist Party leader Nikita Khruschev. The Russian leaders are scheduled to arrive here on April 18, and Prime Minister Sir Anthony Edens, plans talks with them on world problems, including the Middle East, and especially on the arming of the Egyptians.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office is studying replies made by President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to communications from Britain on Middle East policy, and more especially about the need for a joint statement on measures to meet the threat of aggression from either the Arabs or Israel. Reliable sources here characterized the tone of these replies as not encouraging.

With this latest rift between Britain and the United States now evident, it has become clear here that no progress of any kind has been made in the Washington talks among the signatories of the Tripartite Declaration of 1950 French officials are understood to have expressed their disgust with the American refusal, or inability, to say just where they stand on the whole range of Middle-Eastern problems. The French are also believed to have made it clear to the United States that unless America gives lead in the Middle East, the French are prepared to formulate and implement a policy of their own–in other words, to go it alone.

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