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THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE SUEZ CRISIS
INVASION OF EGYPT AND CREATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS EMERGENCY FORCE
Secretary of State for External Affairs|
to Ambassador in United States
SECRET. MOST IMMEDIATE.
October 30th, 1956|
Repeat Permdel No. G-561; London, Paris (Information. Immediate).
ISRAELI INVASION OF EGYPT
Robertson called me from London just after I was speaking to you this morning. He made it clear that he had had no information whatsoever about the decision just taken by the British and French to send an ultimatum to Egypt and Israel.115 Not only had he been given no inkling of what was under consideration, but the members of his staff who had just returned from canvassing the Foreign Office and C.R.O. had not had the slightest intimation that anything extraordinary was contemplated.
2. I asked him to let Home know our grave anxieties over the
decision that had been taken. I passed on to him the report which
we had just received by telephone from New York, with special
reference to the charge by Sobolev that Britain and France were
exploiting the situation for their own purposes. He confirmed my
impression of the complete gulf which now exists between the
British and French on the one hand and the United States on the
other on Middle Eastern issues. He said it was his impression
that the British and French had not had time to consult anyone.
However, as I told him, the impression on this side would be that
the British and French had been cooking this up in their recent