Silence on Report That Israel Has Ordered Two Submarines from Britain

A Foreign Office spokesman declined to comment today on reports that Israel has ordered two submarines for its navy from British shipyards but stressed that there was no embargo on military sales to Middle Eastern countries. According to information from highly reliable sources, negotiations have been conducted for the construction of one large and one small undersea craft for Israel. The Israel Embassy here does not discuss arms deals or negotiations for arms deals.

The Foreign Office spokesman said, “We never comment on the purchases of arms by other countries but we can say that there has been no change whatsoever in British policy regarding the supply of equipment for Middle East countries. Our policy is to consider each individual deal on its merits.”

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