Editorial Note

On May 9, 1953, Secretary of State John Foster Dulles and Director for Mutual Security Harold E. Stassen embarked upon a trip to the Near East and South Asia. Between May 11 and May 19, the Secretary and the Mutual Security Administrator visited Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. They then proceeded to India for a series of high-level conversations with representatives of the Indian Government which lasted from May 20 until May 22. Thereafter they traveled to Pakistan for more conversations on May 23 and 24. After proceeding on to Turkey, Greece, and Libya, Secretary Dulles and Mutual Security Administrator Stassen returned to Washington on May 29, 1953. For extensive documentation concerning this trip, see volume IX.