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U.S. Delegate Calls Hammarskjold Mission ‘very Useful’

Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold’s visit to Cairo, from which he returned here early today, was “very useful,” according to Henry Cabot Lodge, head of the United States delegation.

Mr. Hammarskjold himself was more cautious in his comment. “I went for exploratory talks, “he declared, “and I hope that they were useful. I shall have further conversations here, and I hope they will be useful.” Asked about his itinerary, he replied: “I visited Cairo–only Cairo.”

Immediately upon his return, the UN chief went into a series of huddles with leading delegations. He saw Mr. Lodge first, then talked to Britain’s Sir Pierson Dixon. By noon, Lester B. Pearson, Minister for External, Affairs of Canada, had flown down here from Ottawa to confer with him. Mr. Pearson was the author of the General Assembly resolution early in November which established the United Nations Emergency Force.

In Jerusalem, Israeli officials were dubious tonight of the existence of any “gentleman’s agreement” between Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold that Col. Nasser would refrain from aggravating the Middle East situation. Reports of such an “agreement” came from Cairo as Mr. Hammarskjold left after a mission which appeared to be crowned with little success.)

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