EGYPT: Friend of the West

During the days when Egypt was trying to negotiate the British out of the Suez, the ten-man Revolutionary Command Council that rules Egypt indicated that it might listen to the Kremlin's siren song. But now that the British have agreed to quit the Suez and the U.S. has promised $80 million in aid, Egypt's young military junta sent a statement to all foreign correspondents in Cairo. Its gist; Egypt regards itself as a friend to the West, though it is unwilling to join a defense alliance.

Said the official "background paper'': "Egypt's culture, trade and economic life are linked to...

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