Editorial Note

Telegram 622 from Karachi, February 15, transmitted the Pakistani draft of its official request for military aid from the United States. Telegram 675 to Karachi, February 17, informed the Embassy the Department of State was pleased with the Pakistani draft request and did not ask for any changes in the text. The Department considered the text of the request a suitable basis for a public announcement, although it suggested that the text might be shortened for that purpose. Telegram 647 from Karachi, February 19, transmitted the text of the public announcement to be made by the Government of Pakistan requesting military aid. The telegrams are in Department of State file 790D. 5 MSP.

On April 2, 1954, Turkey and Pakistan signed an Agreement for Friendly Cooperation, providing for consultation on international matters of mutual interest. The key security provisions of the agreement are listed in the footnote to paragraph 6b of NSC 5428, July 23. 1954, printed in volume IX. For the text of the agreement, see Documents on International Affairs, 1954, pages 185186.

On May 19, the United States Chargé in Pakistan and the Foreign Minister of Pakistan signed a Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement in Karachi. An announcement in the Department of State Bulletin, May 31, 1954, pages 850–851, stated that the United States Government would provide military equipment and training assistance to Pakistan. It also noted that Pakistan’s desire to play a part in the collective defense of the free world had been demonstrated by its recent agreement with Turkey. For additional documentation on this topic, see volume IX [Page 1846] . The text of the Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement of May 19, 1954 is printed in 5 UST 852.