LONDON (Jul. 10)
President Nasser of the United Arab Republic today announced in Cairo that his country is building its own jet training planes and that the production would be sufficient to meet the requirements of any other Arab country for such planes.
The announcement was apparently aimed to counteract the impression made among the Arabs of the fact that the Israel Air Force last week received the first Jet plane assembled in Israel. Also that eleven more jet training planes will be assembled in Israel for the Air Force.
Nasser’s announcement coincided with the opening today in Cairo of the first General Congress of the National Union attended by 2,000 Arab delegates from Egypt and Syria, in advance of the formation of a new Parliament to be composed of about 600 members. About 300 members will be chosen by the Congress and the other 300 will be selected by Nasser. Nasser is chairman of the National Union and his Cabinet ministers in Egypt and Syria make up the union’s Supreme Executive Committee.