371. Staff Notes Prepared for President Eisenhower0

No. 549

1. US-Yemen—Western prospects in Yemen continue to improve.1 The Imam and the Crown Prince are actively seeking improved relations with, and additional economic aid from, the US and disengagement from Soviet and Red Chinese commitments.2 Yemen has requested more famine aid and trucks to distribute the food. (ICA has approved an additional quantity of wheat and is considering a contract with an Aden trucking firm.) …3 Chances for a Western oil firm to obtain a concession have increased. Yemen has accepted our offer of help in a road construction project and the Crown Prince urges that work begin soon. We are willing to enter a single agreement to expedite the project.

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  1. Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Eisenhower Diaries. Secret. The President initialed the source text.
  2. At the 406th NSC Meeting, May 13, Cabell also reported on the apparent change of allegiance by the Yemen Government. (Ibid., NSC Records)
  3. At the 407th Meeting of the NSC, May 21, Allen Dulles noted in his intelligence briefing that “Crown Prince Badr has lately become much more friendly toward the Western Powers as well as toward Saudi Arabia. This change in Badr’s point of view might not be permanent but it was a hopeful sign.” (Ibid.)
  4. Ellipsis in the source text.