Memorandum by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian and African Affairs (Berry)1 to the Secretary of State
Subject: Egyptian Foreign Minister’s conversations with you and Secretary Marshall
Tentative arrangements have been made for the Foreign Minister of Egypt, Dr. Mohamed Salaheddin Bey, to call upon you on October 17. Salaheddin Bey is at the present time in charge of his country’s delegation to the United Nations General Assembly. He will see General George Marshall, the Secretary of Defense, on October 18.
There is attached a summary of United States views and policies with respect to the various questions which the Egyptian Foreign Minister is expected to raise (Tab A). It is believed that we should continue to adhere to these views and policies in our conversations with him.
In view of the desirability of adopting a uniform position on these matters in the conversations with the Foreign Minister, there is also attached a proposed letter to Secretary Marshall (Tab B)2 transmitting a copy of the summary of United States views and policies for his guidance. General Marshall’s comments and suggestions have been invited.
It is recommended:
- That you discuss the matters which the Egyptian Foreign Minister may raise as outlined in the summary of United States views and policies (Tab A);
- That you sign the attached letter to Secretary Marshall transmitting a copy of the summary (Tab B).
- Berry was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State on August 30.↩
- Not printed.↩
- The Egyptian Government also raised the question of possible NATO membership with the British. (Telegram 444 from Cairo, November 3, 641.74/11–350, and telegram 466 from Cairo, November 9, 641.74/11–950)↩
- For documentation on this subject, which relates to Turkish and Greek requests for membership in NATO, see vol. iii, pp. 1 ff.↩
- On November 17 the Department of State sent telegram 450 to London instructing the Ambassador to inform the British Foreign Office that the Department did not believe that Egypt’s association would be feasible or desirable at this time. (740.5/11–1050)↩