Ambassadors of All Arab Lands Meet with Secretary of State Rusk
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Ambassadors of All Arab Lands Meet with Secretary of State Rusk

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The ambassadors of all Arab League states met in a group with Secretary of State Dean Rusk late today. It is believed that the meeting pertained to the forthcoming visit of Israel’s Premier Levi Eshkol to the United States as a guest of President Johnson.

President Johnson today met with Ambassador Mostafa Kamal of Egypt and was reported by the Egyptian Embassy to have discussed continuation of American aid to the Nasser regime, despite the huge, new, Soviet loan and newly announced Egyptian support of Soviet foreign policy.

Ambassador Kamal is reported to have countered American concern over the Nasser-Khrushchev communique issued in Cairo by stressing Arab anxiety over the forthcoming visit of Israel’s Prime Minister Eshkol to Washington. The Egyptian Ambassador is said to have emphasized also fears about Israel’s National Water Carrier Project and other “aggressive designs.” He was said to have asked the President to understand why Egypt was forced to seek Soviet support.

White House spokesman George Reedy, however, merely announced that the meeting was a routine, informal visit arranged some time ago. The President’s response to the reported position of the Egyptian Ambassador was unknown.

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