WASHINGTON (Feb. 4)
State Department spokesman Lincoln White said today that to his knowledge no union of Syria and Egypt has yet taken place and that many steps must come before a union actually exists. Therefore, he said, he did not want to speculate.
Mr. White had no information on precise details of how the proposed new federation will work out or whether it would involve recognition of the new “United Arab Republic” by the United States. He said that many bridges remain to be crossed, including ratification, a plebiscite, and other steps, with dependence being placed on Egypt and Syria for detailed information. For the time being; he stressed, the U.S. was expressing no view, explaining that this government reserves its position.