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State Dept. Refuses to Maintain Any Contact with Arab Boycott Office

March 23, 1964
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The State Department refuses to have any contact whatsoever with the Arab League boycott office, which is operating from Damascus, and refuses to enter into any correspondence with that office or with any of the boycott offices of individual Arab states, Assistant Secretary of State Frederick Dutton yesterday informed Sen. Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania.

The Arab boycott against American firms dealing with Israel “is certainly an important factor preventing full and satisfactory relations between this country and the Arab statesmen,” Mr. Dutton wrote to the Senator. He revealed that American officials abroad “are under standing instructions” to re-emphasize that the State Department “will not recognize or condone the boycott.”

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