WASHINGTON (Jul. 29)
The United States today is seeking to evaluate reports that the Soviet Union is organizing military assistance pacts with Egypt and Syria as an answer to the Eisenhower Doctrine.
U.S. officials are studying information that the Defense Ministers and army chiefs of Syria and Egypt are gathering in Moscow at the personal invitation of Soviet Defense Minister Marshal Zhukov. Last week Syrian Defense Minister Khaled el Azem suddenly flew to Moscow. His delegation included Syrian Army Chief of Staff Gen. Tewfik Nizam el Din and other top officers. Marshal Zhukov met them personally at the Moscow Airport.
Today it was confirmed in Cairo that Marshal Zhukov sent a personal invitation to Maj. Gen. Abdel Hakim Amer, Egyptian War Minister and Army Commander in Chief, to fly to Moscow. Amer accepted. An increased flow of Soviet warplanes and heavy weapons have arrived in Syria and Egypt in July.