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Eden Addresses U.S. Senate; Stresses Danger of Arab-israel Situation

February 3, 1956
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British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden, in an address before the United States Senate today, stressed the importance of a joint Anglo-American policy on the Arab-Israel problem. He made no reference to the Arab-Israel question when he spoke later in the House of Representatives.

In the Senate, the British Prime Minister said: “In the area where the danger of conflict is most acute, we should whenever we can declare our unity of purpose. For instance, between the Arab states and Israel where the danger has increased, we have done well to make clear that we are to discuss together what action we should take. The more prepared we are the less likely is an emergency to arise.”

A group of Arab diplomats, led by the Lebanese Ambassador, today called on George V. Allen, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, to complain that they were not consulted on the matters covered in the statement issued at the close of the Eden-Eisenhower talks yesterday. Speaking for himself and other Arab diplomats, Lebanese Ambassador Victor Khoury expressed the belief that any policy adopted toward the Middle East without Arab agreement cannot constitute “a factor of stability.” He said that he spoke to Mr. Allen on behalf of all Arab League members, including Iraq.

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