204. Message From Prime Minister Eden to President Eisenhower1

Thank you for your message about the Middle East.2 The following is just to keep you in touch with our thoughts about the growing dangers in that part of the world.

Selwyn Lloyd discussed these matters with Foster in Karachi.3 Since then he has visited the other capitals of the Bagdad Pact countries and Israel. In consequence of his report to us we have made a careful re-examination of our policy towards Egypt. Selwyn is sending to Foster a detailed analysis of the situation as we see it.4 I am sure you will agree that it is essential that we should act together in these matters, and I hope that we shall be able speedily to evolve a common line. I need not emphasise to you the urgency of this task: the situation can deteriorate so rapidly.5

  1. Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, International File. Top Secret. Ambassador Makins forwarded this message as an enclosure to a memorandum to the President on March 19. Ann Whitman sent Hoover a copy on March 20. (Department of State, Central Files, 780.5/3–2056)
  2. See Document 182.
  3. See footnote 3, Document 172.
  4. See the enclosure to Document 208.
  5. The following handwritten notation by Eisenhower appears on the bottom of the source text: “File. No reply, now. DE”