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Middle East Problems Under Discussion at Eisenhower-macmillan Talks

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President Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, who are now meeting on world affairs, will discuss the Arab-Israel problem and other aspects of the Middle East situation, it was learned here today.

Preliminary to the talk of the heads of the two states on Middle East questions, United States and British officials and diplomats started discussion today on these subjects. The American officials were headed by Acting Secretary of State Christian A. Herter, and the British group was headed by Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd. William Rountree, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, participated in the conference.

Israel-Arab hostility was termed “one of the most difficult problems in all the world” today by Kenneth R. Iverson, a member of President Eisenhower’s special committee to study the military assistance program. Speaking at a conference of the Middle East Institute, Mr. Iverson listed the Israel-Arab situation among problems whose solution would result in accelerated development of the Near East as a region.

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