1954 Suez Canal Agreement

The struggle for the canal also laid the groundwork for the six-day war in 1967, due to the lack of peace after the 1956 war and rising tensions between Egypt and Israel. [359] In addition, the Soviet Union was able to avoid most of the effects of the simultaneous repression of the rebellion in Hungary and was able to present to the United Nations an image of defender of the small powers against imperialism. [360] We also have a commitment under the tripartite guarantee. I am far from happy. I do not see how we can fulfil our obligations if there is to be between Israel and the Arab states. I do not see what we would do if Egypt attacked Israel or if Israel suddenly went to the Jordan Valley. I cannot believe that this country would be in a position other than an extremely enviable position. This too should have been clarified before and not after, we agreed with Egypt. 62 Great Britain, Parl.

Deb. (Hansard), House of Commons, Official Report, Vol. 532, No. 171, Nov. 2, 1954, Col. 222. Dulles expressed to Nasser his belief that the Soviet Union aspires to conquer the world, that the greatest danger to the Middle East came from the Kremlin, and asked Nasser to put aside his differences with Britain to focus on the fight against the Soviet Union. [48] In this sense, Dulles proposed that Nasser negotiate an agreement that would take Egypt`s sovereignty over the base of the canal zone, but which would then allow the British to have “technical control”, just as Ford Autounternehmen provided parts and training to its Egyptian dealers. [48] The Sudan agreement has never been fully debated, but I think it has been worse than the heads of state and government we are considering tonight. What we have now is the abandonment of vital British interests. What we did in Sudan was a betrayal of trust.

I`d go further. I think the agreement on Sudan was worse than the crime: it was a mistake. There was a chance to give real independence to Sudan, while guaranteeing the military installations we needed in that country and giving our confidence to the most backward peoples of South Sudan. This opportunity was tragically lost and followed the whole miserable history of elections where corruption, corruption and pressure played a big role. To what extent does this agreement, with its admitted shortcomings, meet our needs? For the first time, we will have facilities and facilities in Egypt by mutual agreement, because we did not have such rights under the 1936 treaty. What we need now is a work base, not a besieged garrison.