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U.S. to Give Saudi Arabia $5,000,000 Airport Despite Anti-u.s. Move

Despite the unilateral cancelation by Saudi Arabia of the lease for the United States Air Force base at Dhahran, the United States will finish and hand over to Saudi Arabia a modern $5,000,000 airline terminal.

Construction of the terminal, which is now 70 percent finished, was part of the agreement by which the United States obtained use of the air base at Dhahran during the past five years. Saudi Arabia notified Washington that the lease would not be renewed and that military operations must be terminated by April 1,1962.

Joseph Reap, State Department press officer, said that completion of the terminal “was part of the 1957 agreement and we will live up to it.” The air-conditioned terminal will be completed before the U.S. Air Force leaves Saudi Arabia next year by request.