Middle East: No Time for Fanfare


As a good Moslem should, Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser last week made a pilgrimage to Mecca. Clad in white penitential clothing and with one arm and shoulder bare, Nasser entered the sacred Kaaba, housing the ancient Black Stone, and prayed in each of the enclosure's four corners.

There was also something of the penitent in Nasser as he turned from piety to politics and the humiliating purpose of his visit to Saudi Arabia. He had arrived in Jedda harbor aboard his presidential yacht Hurriah (Freedom) to negotiate with King Feisal a way out of the stalemated three-year war in Yemen....

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