27. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Syria1

1275. Embtel 1700.2 US has not suspended economic aid to Israel. While we are not at present discussing additional PL 480 and Eximbank assistance and while no new technical and development assistance projects under FY 57 programs are now being planned, projects [Page 41] undertaken prior November 1 are continuing to extent permitted by reduced staff. We do not believe situation is one which can usefully be exploited by Missions.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 784A.5–MSP/1–1857. Confidential. Drafted by Waggoner and Rockwell; approved by Wilkins who signed for Dulles. Repeated to Amman, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, Jidda, and Tel Aviv.
  2. Telegram 1700 from Damascus, January 15, noted that the U.S. standing in Syria would be considerably enhanced if the suspension of U.S. economic assistance to Israel were made known. (ibid., 611.83/1–1557)