The Israeli Defence Minister, General Moshe Dayan, said on his arrival in New York on Friday (February 4) that he had hopes of an agreement to re-open the Suez Canal.
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REPORTER:"Sir, can you tell if there is any chance of an agreement to open the Suez Canal without a withdrawal of Israeli troops?"
DAYAN:"I think there is a good chance of it. I think both sides really don't want to resume the fighting, and therefore I think there's god chance for an agreement about re-opening the Suez Canal operation."
REPORTER:"General, are you going to ask for any more armaments, Phantom jets or equipment?"
DAYAN:"No, I haven't come here for any special shopping purchases."
REPORTER:"What about that fifty million dollars that the Israelis are going to get back from France. Can you confirm that report?"
DAYAN:"I suggest that you discuss that with France. Thank you very much."
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Background: The Israeli Defence Minister, General Moshe Dayan, said on his arrival in New York on Friday (February 4) that he had hopes of an agreement to re-open the Suez Canal. General Dayan, on a week-long fund-raising tour with his daughter and a senior aids, said there was a good chance of such an agreement WITHOUT the withdrawal of Israeli troops from the Canal area.
During his tour General Dayan will have talks in Washington with U.S. Secretary of State Mr William Rogers and Defence Secretary mr Melvin Laird.