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Middle East (Angloamerican Discussions)

Volume 486: debated on Monday 16 April 1951

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what matters were discussed during his recent talks with Mr. George McGhee, the United States Assistant Secretary to the State Department, whilst he was in London, on his way home from the Middle East; and what decisions have since been taken, in so far as British troops in Egypt are concerned, as a result of these talks.

Mr. McGhee was in London for only two days: the discussions with him were, therefore, necessarily short. Advantage was taken of this opportunity to discuss the general situation in the Middle East in the light of Mr. McGhee's experience gained during his tour of that area. No decision was taken regarding British troops in Egypt as a result of the talks, nor is there any question of the United States Government being directly involved in the formulation of such a decision.