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Truman Says He Will Seek Termination of British Arms Shipments to Arabs

March 17, 1950
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President Truman has assured chairman Adolph C. Sabath of the House Rules Committee that he will put an end to the British shipping of arms to the Arab states, it was learned today.

Sabath called on the President last week to ask the Chief Executive’s aid in ending the Near East arms race. Today he informed Eliahu D. Stone, vice-president of the Zionist Organization of America, of the results of the conversation. The 84-year-old dean of the House wrote:

“I obtained the President’s assurances and was informed that he was presently looking into this important matter and into the report that I gave him. He told me that in view of the fact that all the Jews are vitally interested and have appealed to me to take this matter up with him, he is going to reinforce his efforts in stopping this supplying of arms by Great Britain to Arab nations.

“I think you will be interested in knowing that on the way out of the President’s office I saw Secretary of State Dean Acheson and mentioned to him that I had seen the President relative to a matter about which I knew the Secretary was interested in; and further that the President assured me that he would put an end to this situation. I sincerely hope that both the President and Secretary of State will bring it home to the British Government in no uncertain terms,” Rep. Sabath stated.

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