Hammarskjold May Also Visit Israel; Stresses His Neutral Position

The possibility that U. N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold may visit also Israel and Jordan when he goes to Cairo to discuss the Inge Toft dispute with Col. Nasser was seen here today. Mr. Hammerskjold’s announcement said that his trip to Cairo would be in line with his “continuing efforts to assist in straightening out difficulties arising among the countries in the Middle East.”

Mr. Hammarskjold’s announcement that he “may” go to Cairo, couched carefully so as not to offend anyone, stated that any discussions he would hold on the Inge Toft case in Cairo would be held “on his own initiative as an independent representative of the United Nations, and never as a spokesman for the specific interest of any one country in relation to others.” This was interpreted here to mean that he wants to dispel any notion that he would go to Cairo as an emissary bearing Israel’s complaint on the halting of the Inge Toft at the entrance to the Suez Canal.

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