Washington Drafting New Plan to Stabilize Middle East

A new American plan for the stabilization of the Middle East and for blocking further Communist penetration of that area was believed shaping up here today as Washington prepared for the arrival of Harold MacMillan, the British Prime Minister.

The new plan was thought in some quarters to envisage a restatement of previous American positions on the Israel-Arab boundaries and on the Arab refugee question. But it would include entirely new provisions with respect to the borders of Turkey, the territorial Integrity of the Kingdom of Jordan and similar innovations.

President Eisenhower discussed the Middle East situation at some length today with Secretary of State Dulles but White House press secretary James Hagerty, however, would give no hint as to whether specific proposals had actually been drafted. Mr. MacMillan, according to British sources, was bringing certain suggestions for a new Western policy in the Middle East.

Mr. Dulles, in a busy day, had a long meeting with Selwyn Lloyd, the British Foreign Secretary, to discuss the Middle East situation. He later met the Saudi Arabian Ambassador for a discussion on Middle East questions including the Syrian situation.

The French Ambassador, Herve Alphand, was briefed on the situation at the State Department today by Robert D. Murphy, Deputy Under Secretary of State, Chaim Herzog, the Israel Minister, was to see Loy Henderson, Deputy Under Secretary of State.

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