Secretary of State Reports Improved Relations Between U.S. and Egypt

Secretary of State Dean Rusk at his press conference indicated today that despite recent Egyptian allegations against the United States, there had been some recent improvement in United States-Egyptian relations and that he hoped that better understanding could be achieved in spite of the various Egyptian charges.

Mr. Rusk said he would like to see a “steady improvement” in United States relations with Cairo and that there was no reason this could not be achieved even though he conceded there had been some misunderstandings. He made known that the United States had been having some talks with Egypt.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ernest Gruening, Alaska Democrat, charged in the Senate today Egypt shipped rice to Communist nations at the same time the Nasser regime illegally sold food provided by America for free distribution. He urged the Senate-House conferees now considering the foreign aid authorization bill to approve a provision to deny any further aid to Egypt.

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