BONN (Feb. 24)
West Germany will sever all economic aid to Egypt because of the reception accorded today by President Nasser of Egypt to the East German leader Walter Ulbricht, a spokesman for Chancellor Ludwig Erhard officially announced today. The spokesman informed a news conference the Cabinet voted to carry out the action terminating the current aid programs.
(In Washington, Reiner Barzel, floor leader of the Christian Democratic Union, in the West German Bundestag, today discussed German relations with Israel and Egypt in a meeting with President Johnson at the White House. After the 45-minute discussion, Mr. Barzel told news men that suspension of economic aid would not be the only response to Cairo’s hospitality to East German leader Walter Ulbricht. “Meanwhile,” he said, “we are interested in clearing up our somewhat beclouded relations with Israel, because of our obligations toward that country.”)