Preconditions on American Aid to Egypt Proposed in Senate

Senator Vance Hartke, Indiana Democrat, today outlined a list of preconditions that he said the United States should impose on any further assistance to Egypt. Speaking on the floor of the Senate, Sen. Hartke warned that the U.S. Government was secretly negotiating to provide $150, 000, 000 in aid to Egypt although Egyptian President Nasser had barred the U.S. Sixth Fleet from her ports and was using her own assets to purchase Soviet arms for aggressive purposes.

Sen. Hartke’s “preconditions” on aid to Egypt would include requirements that no U.S. aid would be resold to other countries; that the U.S. Department of Agriculture assess Egyptian food resources; that the United States determine what percentage of Egyptian military cutbacks can be diverted to food purchase; that a determination be made on the number of unemployed who can be put on subsistence projects within Egypt; that we stipulate the amount of food earmarked for school feeding programs; that we stipulate the amount of food for maternal and infant usage; that public health inspectors oversee the distribution of food to avoid profiteering; and that food production facilities required in Egypt be financed with counterpart funds the United States possesses there.

Sen. Jacob K. Javits, New York Republican, and Sen. Claiborn Pell, Rhode Island Democrat, voiced agreement with the Hartke proposals.

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