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Johnson Greets Tunisia’s Bourguiba, Reiterates Support for Five-point Policy

President Johnson today reiterated his five-point policy for Arab-Israel peace in greeting an official guest, President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia. President Johnson, at a brief ceremony of welcome, referred to the Middle East situation and recalled the five points of United States policy he proclaimed last June. “I restate these principles today…our commitments to those principles has not changed. It will not change,” he declared.

President Bourguiba, in reply, referred to the Arab war against Israel. He stated that he had “refused to lead our people (the Tunisians) into adventures proposed by demagoguery” — an obvious reference to Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s demand for an Arab war of extermination against Israel last year.