Britain Reiterates Revocation of Arms Exports Licences to Egypt

A British Government spokesman reiterated today that Britain had frozen all arms shipments to Egypt. He made his statement in response to questions asked of him in Commons.

Peter Thorneycroft, president of the Board of Trade, said that “all valid export licenses for export to Egypt of arms and munitions, including armored vehicles and parts and air-craft and aircraft engines, have been revoked.” No further licenses are being issued for the supply of these goods to Egypt.

Asked if he would give notice when licenses were reinstated, Mr. Thorneycroft replied that licenses have been “effectively revoked.” When Alfred Robena, Labor, asked about the two Egyptian destroyers currently being prepared to sail from Portsmouth, the president of the Board of Trade said he did not issue licenses for the export of destroyers.

(In Washington, it was announced today that the United States is continuing aid to Egypt already contracted. This was made known by John B. Hollister, chief of the International Cooperation Administration. He said he had no intention of changing matters until ordered. by the State Department.)

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