867N.01/1393: Telegram

The Chargé in Egypt (Merriam) to the Secretary of State

6. The three Arabs mentioned in paragraph 1 of my telegram 5, January 23, noon returned to Cairo yesterday bearing the Mufti’s consent to the representation of the Nashashibi Party by two specified delegates. The latter were considered unsuitable by the party heads here who moreover insisted upon the party’s right to choose its own delegates. The party has therefore decided to abstain from the London Conference and not to recognize its findings.

The Arab delegates minus the Nashashibi sailed for England early this morning.