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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1951. The Near East and Africa
(1951)

Egypt,   pp. 343-444 PDF (39.2 MB)


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EGYPT
INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES IN ANGLO-EGYPTIAN NEGOTI-
   ATIONS OVER THE FUTURE STATUS OF THE SUEZ CANAL ZONE
   AND THE SUDAN; CONCERN OF THE UNITED STATES OVER EGYP-
   TIAN  ABROGATION     OF THE    1936 ANGLO-EGYPTIAN     DEFENSE
   TREATY AND THE 1899 CONDOMINIUM        AGREEMENT REGARDING
   THE SUDAN'
 641.74/2-1251: Telegram
   The Ambassador in Egypt (Caffery) to the Department of State
 TOP SECRET                       CAIRO, February 12, 1951-2 p. m.
   860. Review current status of Anglo-Egyptian negotiations with
 British Embassy reveals following salient points:
   1. There is growing Egyptian uneasiness at delay in resumption
 of negotiations. This is being shown by both Egyptian Ambassador
 London and Egyptian FonMin.
   2. Stevenson is having difficulty quieting this uneasiness and Salah-
 ed-Din has told him that Egyptians will face serious difficulties if
 negotiations not resumed by first week of March.
   3. FonOff has told Stevenson that British proposals may differ
 from those that Bevin originally put forward to Egyptians;'2 and that
 Bevin has still to consider the new proposal which may take several
 weeks because of his illness.
   4. Stevenson has not informed Egyptians delay this length in
 prospect but has pointed out to FonOff*
   a. If proposal too much changed from original, Egyptians may well
 shy off from them;
   b. Something must be done to give Egyptians feeling that progress
being made. He suggests early resumption sterling negotiations 3 if
political negotiations must wait upon Bevin's recovery. Also that
early resumption of certain arms shipments be considered.
   5. Stevenson feels that Egyptians will never accept agreement on
defense matters only, and suggests that FonOff authorize him to start
discussions on Sudan. He has formulated certain proposals-which
  1 For previous documentation on these subjects, see Foreign Relations,
1950,
vol. v, pp. 284 ff.
  'In telegram 3884 from London, January 12, not printed, Ambassador Gifford
reported, inter alia and without elaboration, "Bevin's suggestion for
progressive
withdrawal from Egypt" (641.74/1-1251).
  I For information concerning the sterling balance negotiations, see despatch
2190 from Cairo, March 16, p. 348.
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