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Near Eastern Policy of U.S. Government Outlined by High Official of State Department

September 20, 1946
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The policy of the United States with regard to the Arab countries in the Middle East was outlined here today by Loy Henderson, director of the Office of Near Eastern and African Affairs of the State Department, addressing a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

The United States Government, he said, is aiming at preventing “rivalries and conflicts of interests” in the Near East which might develop into hostilities leading to a third World war. One of the chief aims of Washington’s policy, he added, was to assist the governments of that area to bring about political and economic stability and to improve the standard of living in those countries so that they will not “continue to present a temptation to powers outside the area,” and to support in that area the principles of the United Nations.

He revealed that American policy envisions extending considerable financial and technical assistance to the Arab countries for purposes of rehabilitating or modernizing their economy.

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