HC Deb 02 July 1952 vol 503 cc413-4
21. Mr. Philips Price

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can now make a statement on the discussions that have been going on between the Umma Party in the Sudan and the Government of Egypt on the question of Sudan's relations with Egypt.

Mr. Nutting

Although they welcomed this exchange of views, Her Majesty's Government were not a party to the discussions between the Egyptian Government and representatives of Sayed Abdel Rahman E1 Mandi. I am not in a position to give the House any information as to their outcome. Her Majesty's Government are glad, however, to see any direct contact between the Egyptian Government and the Sudanese which may lead to a better understanding.

Mr. Price

Can the hon. Gentleman say whether the recent change of Prime Ministers in Egypt has any connection with the return of the Umma Party to the Sudan and the consequent developments there?

Mr. Nutting

I should prefer not to be drawn into commenting on the new Egyptian Government at so early a stage in their development.