Eisenhower, Herter Urged Not to Extend U.S. Hospitality to Nasser
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Eisenhower, Herter Urged Not to Extend U.S. Hospitality to Nasser

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Two New York Congressmen protested against the extension of any United States Government hospitality to President Nasser of the United Arab Republic during his coming visit.

Rep. Seymour Halpern, New York Republican, said in a communication to President Eisenhower that Nasser is “no more deserving of American respect and hospitality than the other dictators who have invited themselves here–Khrushchev, Castro and Tito. ” He said that any concession to Nasser, prior to compliance with international law on the Suez blockade issue, will only cause greater intransigeance. He urged that Nasser should be restricted in the same manner as “his admirer and friend, Castro.”

Rep, Leonard Farbstein, New York Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called on Secretary of State Herter to oppose any consideration of inviting Nasser to Washington. He said hospitality or concessions to Nasser would be appeasement of an “anti-American dictator” that would “trouble the conscience of millions of Americans. ” He accused Nasser of serving the Kremlin’s ends,

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