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Senate Committee Report Takes Negative Stand on U.S. Aid to Egypt

April 30, 1965
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today issued its official report on the Foreign Aid Bill, in which it called for severance of aid to Egypt.

The committee considered recommending an “absolute prohibition” on aid to Egypt. But it finally substituted an expression of Congress that all aid should be ended to any country following “officially incited or unrestrained mob action” against U. S. embassies and other properties and not be resumed until the foreign government takes “appropriate measures” to prevent recurrence. The report said the committee “is emphatic in its view that under present circumstances, no aid should go to these countries” although it was felt the President should have flexibility since the situation can change rapidly.

Meanwhile, State Department sources said today that plans for arms shipments to Iraq have been deferred while arrangements with Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia have progressed. The Iraqi negotiations are believed to have struck a snag over the presence in Iraq of Egyptian troops. The Department is reportedly concerned about the intimacy of Iraqi-Egyptian military ties.

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