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Iraq Proposes Joint Arab Military Command; Israel Watches Syria, Closely

Israel was watching developments in Syria today with increased interest as reports were reaching here that an official Iraqi delegation arrived yesterday in Damascus, capital of Syria, with a proposal to form a Joint military command embracing Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Algeria, The proposal was reported to have been brought by Iraqi Deputy Premier Ali Saleh Saadi who headed the Baghdad delegation.

The Iraqi leader is said to have suggested that the proposed Joint military command should deal with questions of armament and military training for all five Arab countries. He also suggested the formation of a committee to coordinate the foreign policies of all five countries.

The Iraqi Deputy Premier described his proposals as a step toward “comprehensive Arab unity from the Atlantic Ocean to the Persian Gulf. ” He urged the five “liberated” Arab states to authorize the “intervention without notice” and the crossing of the borders of any of the five states” by member armies in the event of being threatened by “outside aggression” or by “an internal plot backed by imperialism to topple the progressive government.”

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