WASHINGTON (Oct. 21)
The Department of State responded today to a petition by 16 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, pertaining to Egyptian misuse of United States aid. It said that the Administration “fully subscribes to the principle enunciated in the report on the Committee on Foreign Affairs on August 8, 1963 that economic assistance in the Near East should be administered so as to discourage conflict and promote stability.”
The Department’s views were made known by Robert E. Lee, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations, in a letter to Rep. Leonard Farbstein, New York Democrat, the only Jewish member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Mr. Lee said the “deep concern” voiced by Rep. Farbstein and the concern of the other committee members who joined him in the petition was “appreciated.” The State Department offered to review the security situation in the Near East and explained steps taken to assure the security of Israel and other states.