Mediterranean Pact and Near East Security

Archive Report

Projected Eatern Regional Security Pact

President truman, speaking on the occasion of the signing of the North Atlantic Pact on Apr. 4, declared that “The adherence of the United States to this pact does not signify a lessening of American concern for the security and welfare of other areas of the world, such as the Near East.” In a following address British Foreign Secretary Bevin made the same point, saying that “Although this pact is called the Atlantic Pact and is defined as covering the Atlantic area … it does not minimize either our interest in or determination to support others not included in this pact, with whom we have had long years of friendship and alliances.”

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