THE MIDDLE EAST: Foreign News, Oct. 14, 1957

At the opening of a cotton festival in Aleppo last week, Syria's Agriculture Minister Hamid Khuja announced to a cheering throng that the Soviet Union had pledged itself to buy all surplus Syrian farm produce—as part of an estimated $240 million deal for Soviet-bloc tanks, guns and jet fighters. Other Syrian leaders were proclaiming that a Soviet economic mission was in Damascus to arrange Soviet aid of $500 million for building irrigation works, roads and other development projects.

Before being wafted to paradise by visions of Soviet "aid without strings," the Syrians might profitably examine Egypt's two-year experience of doing business...

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