Avoidance of an Arms Race: Statement by the Secretary of State and the British Foreign Secretary, September 27, 1955 (1)

The United States Secretary of State and British Foreign Secretary discussed together reports relating to their arms supply policies in the Middle East.

They wish to state that the United States and British Governments have for some time been in close consultation with each other as well as with other governments in relation to this matter and that there has been, and continues to be, complete harmony of views between their two governments.

Both governments base their policies on the desire, on the one hand, to enable the various countries to provide for internal security and for their defense, and on the other, to avoid an arms race which would inevitably increase the tensions in the area. They will continue, and hope other governments will continue, to be guided by these principles.

(1) Department of State Bulletin, Oct. 10, 1955, p. 560. Back

American Foreign Policy 1950-1955
Basic Documents Volumes I and II
Department of State Publication 6446
General Foreign Policy Series 117
Washington, DC : U.S. Governemnt Printing Office, 1957

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