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U.S. Prepared to Grant Egypt $500,000,000 in Surplus Commodities

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Secretary of State Dean Rusk informed Abdel Moneim El-Kaissouni, Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt, today that the United States Government was prepared to re-open discussions on granting Egypt $500,000,000 in surplus commodities over the next three-year period, it was learned from informed sources.

The Egyptian Official met for over an hour with Secretary Rusk at the State Department. William S. Gaud, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, participated. Neither Mr. El-Kaissouni nor Mr. Gaud would comment on the aid matters discussed with Mr. Rusk. But informed sources later revealed that the meeting pertained in large measure to United States efforts to maintain a presence in Cairo by continuing the aid program to the Nasser regime.

The State Department has apparently decided to resume large scale aid to Egypt despite an amendment to foreign assistance legislation expressing the sense of Congress as opposed to aiding the Nasser regime.

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