LONDON (Dec. 20)
President Charles de Gaulle, of France, has sent former Premier Edgar Faure to Cairo to warn Egypt’s President Nasser against the danger of involving himself in another war against Israel as a diversion to cover the Egyptian leader’s economic difficulties, it was reported here from Paris today.
At the same time, a Cairo dispatch reported that the USSR’s Deputy Prime Minister, Alexander Shelepin, one of the most influential members of the Kremlin’s new regime, has informed Nasser that the Supreme Soviet has approved the grant of a $280,000,000 loan to Egypt. The loan had been promised to Nasser last May by the then USSR Prime Minister, Nikita S. Khrushchev.
Gen. de Gaulle’s message to Nasser, according to the Sunday Telegraph, promised the Egyptian leader an increase in Franco-Arab trade if he refrains from attacking Israel. On Nasser’s acceptance of these terms, the Telegraph dispatch stated, depends whether De Gaulle will formally invite Nasser to visit Paris next summer. Nasser is scheduled to visit Bonn, and is anxious to come to Paris also during that trip to Europe.
Mr. Shelepin’s visit to Cairo, according to the Sunday Observer, involves not only the carrying out of the lean pledge made by Khrushchev, but also a general review of USSR-Egyptian relations.