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Hammarskjold Leaves Cairo Today; Discussed Passage of Israeli Cargo

July 3, 1959
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United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, who is now negotiating in Cairo for passage of Israeli cargo through the Suez Canal, today conferred there for the second time in two days with Foreign Minister Mahmoud Fawzi, after meeting last night with President Nasser of the United Arab Republic. In the afternoon he met with Abdel Hassouna, Secretary General of the Arab League.

Mr. Hammarskjold is planning to leave Cairo tomorrow. No indication was given today of his talks with the Arab leaders. However, it is known that Mr. Hammarskjold presented to President Nasser a formula for ending the crisis over the Danish ship Inge Toft which has been detained by Egyptian authorities at the entrance to the Suez Canal since May 21 for carrying Israeli cargo and for the captain’s refusal to unload this cargo which the Egyptians wanted to confiscate.

The Egyptian press this morning reiterated a statement made this week by President Nasser that under no circumstance would the Suez Canal be opened to Israel. (The New York Times today reported from Cairo that Mr. Hammarskjold proposed that the International Court of Justice decide whether Inge Toft should be allowed to pass through the canal)

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