U.S. Relations with Nasser Reported Improving by Secretary Dulles

Secretary of State Dulles told a press conference today that United States relations with the United Arab Republic are improving. He said that there has been considerable moderation in the tone of the UAR press and radio toward the United States.

Mr. Dulles said that some Egyptian money is frozen in the United States to protect American shippers involved in the Suez Canal controversy, but he has some reason to believe the Suez Canal Company and Egypt will come closer together in a coming meeting and, if so, the United States will reconsider unfreezing Egyptian assets.

Secretary Dulles said he was not sure that unrest in the Middle East is currently intensified, and disputed a reporter’s question which referred to “growing unrest” in the region. He said there had been considerable unrest in the Middle East for some time, but that he was not sure it was now intensified. He said it was difficult to evaluate and he had no way of appraising recent political developments in the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and in UAR relations with other Arab states.

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