London (Sep. 3)
Declaring that the Middle East is today “the most explosive part of the world’s surface,” and singling out the Syrian situation as especially “dangerous and explosive,” Prime Minister Nehru of India appealed yesterday to the Soviet Union and the Western powers not to make any Middle Eastern country a vehicle for their policies.
Mr. Nehru voiced his appeal during a speech in Parliament, at New Delhi. He stressed several points made to him by Dr. Nahum Goldmann, president of the Jewish Agency, with whom he met recently in London and whom he invited to visit India. He said that the people of the Middle East should be left to work out their own destiny. The approaches made to Middle Eastern countries by Moscow and the Western powers “have progressively made the situation more difficult,” the Prime Minister stated.
Reports from Cairo carried in the London press today stated that the Soviet Government had agreed to provide Syria with new jet airlines. The same reports also quoted the Egyptian Minister of War, Maj. Gen. Abdel Hakim Amer, as telling the National Assembly that the strength of the Egyptian Air Force had been doubled since the Suez crisis of last November.