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867N.00/612: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Egypt ( Kirk )

156. From the Under Secretary for Lieutenant Colonel Hoskins. Your 153, January 23, 9 a.m., has been read with interest and you may be sure that we are giving it careful thought. Our present feeling is that it would be inadvisable to bring groups of Arabs and Jews to this country for a discussion of the Palestine problem. However, the suggestion has been made that Ibn Saud11 be asked to designate one of his sons to come here for a visit.12 The invitation would, of course, be extended to the King in the first instance but since it is assumed that he would find it impracticable to accept, it would be made clear that we would be glad to have one of his three eldest sons visit this country, should the King himself find it impossible to come. It is felt that such a visit would accomplish at least some of the purposes you have in mind. Please discuss this suggestion with the Minister and let us have your views. [Welles.]

  1. Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, King of Saudi Arabia.
  2. For correspondence regarding the visit of Amir Faisal to the United States, see pp. 840 ff.