United Nations, N. Y. (Feb. 10)
A vigorous drive, which has now enlisted the aid of the United States Government, was under way here today to effect a rapproachment between Egypt and Israel.
The immediate goal of the effort was to bring Egypt to agree to renounce its claim to the “right of belligerence” and to obtain from Israel in turn willingness to comply with the General Assembly resolutions for withdrawal of its troops from the Gaza Strip and the Sharm el Sheikh areas.
President Eisenhower was reported here today to have sent a message to Egypt’s President Nasser asking him to renounce the claim of a “right to belligerence.” American sources here indicated clearly that they would welcome spread of the report about Mr. Eisenhower’s message to Col. Nasser.
Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold remained at his post over the week-end. Today he conferred with Abba Eban, Israeli Ambassador. Earlier, a spokesman for Mr. Hammarskjold indicated that the Secretary General will have ready by tomorrow morning his report to the General Assembly on Israel’s position regarding further troop withdrawals.