Editorial Note

Telegram 562, November 30, from Beirut reported that the Point Four general agreement had been ratified in parliamentary debate on November 27 and that the Lebanese President and Prime Minister were reported to be pleased by the action. The Legation added that although stress had been placed on the fact that the agreement was purely economic, many deputies and other Lebanese felt that its passage marked the end of Lebanese neutrality in the East-West struggle and the beginning of cooperation with the West and the United States in particular. (883A.00 TA/11–3051)