331. Editorial Note

From August 31 to September 4, King Saud visited Cairo and held private discussions with President of the United Arab Republic Gamal Abdul Nasser. A text of the joint communiqué of their discussions is in Airgram G–16, September 10. (Department of State, Central Files, 686A.86B/9–1059). In despatch 104 from Jidda, October 14, the Embassy summarized the meeting as follows:

“Under the guise of seeking to improve inter-Arab relations, King Saud engineered his recent meeting with President Nasser. He succeeded in improving Saudi-UAR relations, but failed in the alleged main objective to build himself up as an international leader [2-1/2 lines of source text not declassified]” (Ibid., 686A.86B/10–1459)