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Britain and France Reject Eisenhower’s Plea Not to Act Against Egypt

Britain and France rejected today a strong personal appeal from President Eisenhower not to take action against Egypt by reoccupying the Suez Canal zone.

The President sent an appeal through diplomatic channels to British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden and French Premier Guy Mollet in which he expressed his “earnest hope” that the United Nations would be given full opportunity to settle the controversy.

Col. Gamal Abdel Nasser, the Egyptian dictator, was reported tonight to have rejected the Anglo-French demand that Egyptian and Israel troops withdraw ten miles from the Canal and permit a temporary Anglo-French military occupation of the zone. (See Page 8 for further Washington reaction.)