Secretary of State Assures Egyptian Ambassador on Goldberg

Secretary of State Dean Rusk today asked Egyptian Ambassador Mostafa Kamel to reserve judgment on the appointment of Arthur J. Goldberg to speak for the United States at the United Nations. In a 45-minute meeting with the Egyptian envoy, it was learned subsequently, Mr. Rusk stressed that President Nasser of Egypt can be reassured that Mr. Goldberg will strive scrupulously to give fair and objective consideration to the Arab case in issues involving Israel.

Dr. Kamel termed the meeting “a useful dialogue”. He said the points covered were a survey of American-Egyptian relations and “thinking aloud on what can be done to accentuate the positive”. He said the quest for peace and stability in the Middle East was “a most delicate and complicated matter”.

He sought to avoid comment or discussion of the highly sensitive Goldberg issue in response to press questions. But it was learned that the topic was a main theme of today’s meeting. The ambassador also voiced concern over American arms shipments to Israel as contributing to an arms race.

The State Department, despite Congressional opposition, is seeking ways to grant new forms of aid to Egypt. Mr. Rusk gave the Egyptian envoy the impression that the Department is considering new aid and loans beyond the $37,500,000 authorized last month because of “improved relations” between the two countries.

The Department has sought to minimize the revelation by the U.S. General Accounting Office that Egypt has fraudulently misused food intended by America for free distribution, obtained on false pretenses, and placed on sale for profit by Egyptian officials. Ambassador Kamel said he planned to meet again soon with the Secretary of State.

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