Gamal Abdel Nasser on the Nationalization of the Suez Canal

(1956)

Impact

The nationalization of the Suez Canal struck a serious blow to British economic interests in the Middle East. Some members of Parliament believed that the only appropriate response was military action. Britain, however, lacked support from the United States and did not want to further damage its relationship with the Arab nations. Accordingly, it conducted secret talks with Israel and France to decide on a course of action. Diplomatic representatives from Britain, the United States, and France held meetings in London. Meanwhile, the United States discreetly sought a way to...

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The Red Sea at the entrance to the Suez Canal (Library of Congress)

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