OTTAWA (Oct. 31)
A Security Council decision on the Israel-Egyptian conflict will have an important bearing on Canada’s final action on the sale of Canadian manufactured Sabre jet fighters to the Jewish State, Lester B. Pearson, Minister for External Affairs, said here last night.
He reiterated that none of the jets would be shipped pending a review of the entire situation. Mr. Pearson expressed “regret” over the Anglo-French decision to move into the situation, backed the American position and revealed that Canada had not been consulted by Britain and France before they served their ultimatum.
Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent, after a three-hour meeting of his Cabinet today ordered an embargo on jet aircraft shipments to Israel for the time being. The order immediately affects eight fighter planes which were nearly ready for shipment.