WASHINGTON (Jun. 16)
Agitation by Saudi Arabian King Saud on the Akaba Gulf issue was discussed this week-end by Israel Ambassador Abba Eban when he met with Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, Israeli diplomatic sources revealed today.
Mr. Eban raised the question of King Saud’s policies in the gulf and Saudi allegations against Israel in connection with the waterway. Implications of the recent Saudi propaganda were discussed. The Secretary and the Ambassador also held a general review of current matters including economic questions.
Meanwhile, Senator Hubert H. Humphrey this weekend aired his impatience over the lack of State Department progress on the matter of Saudi Arabian discrimination against American Jewish military personnel.
The Senator from Minnesota questioned Assistant Secretary of State Robert C. Hill’s assurance that the State Department is trying to reach a satisfactory understanding with Saudi Arabia on the policy of nondiscriminatory treatment. Sen. Humphrey wondered how seriously the State Department has pressed the matter, and whether it had sent King Saud the text of a Senate resolution, adopted last summer, which denounced discrimination against United States citizens imposed by foreign governments.
Sen. Humphrey told the Senate that “this issue is not going to be allowed to be put to sleep merely upon the receipt of annual reassurances from the State Department that all that can be done is being done. In terms of results, nothing has been done so far,” he declared.