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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. The Near East and Africa
(1947)

Egypt,   pp. 761-814 PDF (20.5 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1947, VOLUTME V
883.113/11-2647
Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs
    (Merriam) to the Chief of the Munitions Division-(Cummims)
                                  [WAST1NGTON,] December 22,1947.
  With regard to your request for our comments on the attached
memorandum to Under Secretary Lovett from Mr. Edwin W. Pauley,
Special Assistant to the :Secretary of the Army dated-November 26,
1947 1 relating to the question of the establishment of a small arms and
ammunition industry in Egypt, we believe that since it is our present
policy not to furnish ammunition to Near Eastern countries,2 we should
not assist in the setting up of a small arms and ammunition industry
in Egypt. The matter may 'be reconsidered, however, in the light of
future events and developments in Egypt and other Near Eastern
countries.
                                            G[Offl)oN] P., M[EsumAM]
  'Not printed; it stated that "Generally speaking, the Army takes the
position
that except for the military implications, it is entirely a matter for the
State
Department to decide whether or not this government should assist in the
estab-
lishment of facilities for the production of combat weapons and the ammunition
therefor in a foreign country." (883.113/11-2647)
  2For the "present" arms policy adopted on November 14, 1947,
see telegram
Telmar 42, December 6, to London, p. 1300. The Embassy in Cairo reported
in
telegram 1232, October 16, a request from the Egyptian Army to purchase 2000
Thompson machine guns and 500,000 rounds of ammunition. The Department
notified the Embassy in telegram 1598, November 28, that the transaction
had
been disapproved (883.24 FLC/10-1647).
814


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