SYRIA: Open House

The Syrian government, which for weeks virtually cut off all communications with the outside world, and in its heavily censored press permitted only the official Russian version on Hungary to be printed, suddenly flung wide its doors to the West last week. For U.S. reporters who have been trying ever since the Suez invasion to find out who is running Syria, portly President Shukri el Kuwatly, 65, held genial open house. The reversal reflected Syrian concern over Western journalistic coverage, much of it highly exaggerated, of a Soviet take-over in Syria.


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