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March 12, 1953 — The Advertiser

The Mossadegh Project | June 24, 2020                              

An editorial on Britain, Iran and Egypt in The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia). The newspaper folded the following year.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, South Australia) newspaper


At present, prospects of solving the chief political and military problems of the Middle East seem far from encouraging. Premier Mossadeq is said to be ready to reject the latest British proposals for a settlement on the Persian oil dispute. His Foreign Secretary is alleging British intrigue in Iraq. [Hossein Fatemi]

General Naguib, attacking the British Administration over recent Sudanese episodes, claims that these have weakened Egyptian faith in the new agreement on the Sudan. [Premier Mohamed Naguib of Egypt] Simultaneously, there are reports that next week Egypt will demand Britain’s evacuation of the Suez Canal zone within six months.

In view of the obstinacy, self-seeking and short sightedness so often displayed in the Middle Eastern countries, Britain sometimes appears to be tackling a well-nigh hopeless task in trying to satisfy national aspirations there.

Happily, the evidences of intransigence in certain States have recently been offset by welcome proofs that Britain and the United States are now closer than ever before to agreement on Middle East plans.

Washington’s outlook on the problems of this region, formerly distorted by a belief that Britain was bent on exploiting the weaknesses and the natural resources of semi-colonial States, is becoming more detached and realistic. Even now, many Americans view Britain as a grasping Imperialist Power. But the problems with which Britain has grappled for years are being studied at closer range and by some US leaders they are now better understood.

Britain has encouraged, rather than resented, US interest in the Middle East. Among the products of this growing accord are the agreement on proposals concerning the Suez Canal, and the endorsement of the latest offer on Persian oil as “reasonable.” In the long run, this co-ordination of views should carry decisive weight.

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