Senate Votes Military Aid to Middle East Under Eisenhower Doctrine

The Senate today accepted by voice vote an amendment to the Eisenhower Doctrine under which broad conditions were set for the supplying of military aid to Middle East nations.

The adopted amendment offered by Sen. John Sparkman (D., Ala.) was a substitute for a proposal by Senator Paul Douglas (D., 111.) which would have required that any nation receiving aid agree not to commit an act of aggression upon a neighbor and agree to negotiate differences with neighboring nations. Sen. Douglas withdrew his amendment when the Senate agreed to take the substitute by Sen. Sparkman.

The more general Sparkman amendment adopted by the Senate requires that military assistance made available to Middle East nations be used solely for the maintenance of legitimate self-defense or for the participation in the defense of the area or in collective security arrangements consistent with the UN Charter. It prohibited military facts for purposes of aggression.

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