UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. (Dec. 16)
All Arab states, as well as Israel, have been given assurances in President Eisenhower’s name that the NATO conference now taking place in Paris will adopt no decisions affecting the Arab-Israel problem without prior consultation with the Middle East governments concerned, it was learned here today.
(A report from Beirut to the New York Times today said that Dr. Charles Malik, Foreign Minister of Lebanon, said his government received a reassuring message from President Eisenhower in answer to a request that the Arab countries be consulted before any fundamental decisions affecting them are taken at the NATO parley. Dr. Malik denied that Lebanon had asked Turkey to present the Arab point of view at the NATO conference.
In United Nations circles it became known today that King Saud of Saudi Arabia has similarly sent a letter to President Eisenhower demanding assurances that the NATO conference should not arrive at any Arab-Israel program without first consulting the Arab countries. However, it was learned today that King Saud’s letter arrived in Washington only two hours before Mr. Eisenhower took off for Paris and therefore he never had an opportunity to see it. It has been forwarded to Paris.)