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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1958-1960. Arab-Israeli dispute; United Arab Republic; North Africa
(1958-1960)

Libya,   pp. 720-755 PDF (12.7 MB)


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a conversation prior to his departure for the United States, the Queen
expressed the hope that she would be able to visit the United States
sometime when His Majesty's health might permit her absence.
    The conversation closed with a further exchange of expressions of
mutual esteem and cooperation.
331.    Letter From the Deputy Under Secretary of State for
        Political Affairs (Murphy) to the Assistant Secretary of
        Defense for International Security Affairs (Sprague)1
                                       Washington, September 20, 1958.
     DEAR MR. SPRAGUE: The Libyan Foreign Minister, Dr. Wahbi al-
Buri, during a recent visit to the Department of State2 brought up the
question of the annual payment of $4 million which the United States
makes to Libya in accordance with the notes exchanged between our
two countries on signing the Base Rights Agreement September 9,
1954, and expressed serious concern with the problem posed by the
decrease in these payments to $1 million annually after 1960. The
1954 Agreement provides for annual payments of $4 million through
fiscal year 1960 and $1 million annually from 1961 through 1971.' As
you know, these payments are made from special funds made avail-
able by the Department of the Air Force.
     Dr. Buri stressed that Libya attached great importance to these
payments since the Libyan public feels they are provided in exchange
for something given by Libya and their use is not subject to the
procedures involved in the administration of United States aid pro-
grams. He made a two-fold request; first, that the payment in fiscal
year 1959 be increased above the $4 million figure and second, that
this increase be continued through the duration of the Base Rights
Agreement instead of dropping to $1 million annually after 1960 as
provided in the exchange of notes.
    I Source: Department of State, AF/AFI Files: Lot 62 D 406, Libya. Secret.
Drafted on
September 8 by Nes and Dayton S. Mak of the Office of Northern African Affairs
and
cleared with Satterthwaite and in draft with Weiss.
    A memorandum of al-Buri's August 28 conversation with Palmer and Porter
is
ibid., Central Files, 772.00/8-2858.
    3 For text of the agreement relating to military bases in Libya, with
memorandum of
understanding, signed at Benghazi on September 9 and entered into force October
30,
1954, see 5 UST 2449. For text of the agreement relating to economic aid,
effected by an
exchange of notes at Benghazi and entered into force September 9, 1954, see
5 UST
2434.


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