239. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Egypt1

402. You will see from Deptel 4012 we consider Egypt key to development Arab cooperation in exploring possibilities progress along lines Secretary’s Aug 26 statement. We recognize complications posed by Gaza flareup. You should however impress upon GOE: 1) Continuation uneasy border situation can only harm Egypt; 2) If not dealt with along lines suggested by Secretary, it will almost inevitably sooner or later break out into larger warfare.

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At your discretion you may add US anxious help Nasser along lines Deptel 3253 but our ability assist necessarily affected by possibility of progress in this matter.

Dept would appreciate your opinion re any tactics US and/or UK can take move Nasser toward initiating Trieste approach to Alpha in early future.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 684A.86/8–3055. Top Secret;Niact; Alpha; Limited Distribution. Drafted and approved by Russell, who signed for Dulles.
  2. Supra.
  3. Document 207.