Editorial Note

On July 20, President Truman sent condolences to Crown Prince Talal, and Acheson sent a message to Prime Minister Samir al-Rifai. Later in the day, on official information that Emir Naif had been proclaimed Regent, the President sent a message to him expressing regret that he should be called upon to assume the regency under such unhappy circumstances. For texts of these messages, see the Department of State Bulletin, July 30, 1951, page 171.