WASHINGTON (Dec. 29)
The State Department announced today that the United States would honor all existing aid agreements with Egypt despite President Nasser’s denunciation of the United States.
This was announced simultaneously with the release of $16,994,000 in surplus commodities to Egypt under the existing agreement. The Administration, however, will temporarily defer Egypt’s request for an additional $35,000,000 food supplies above the $140,000,000 in surplus commodities in the current program.
State Department sources said it was important to “maintain a Christian spirit toward Egypt” and not pass hasty judgment on the Nasser regime.