October 18, 1957

EISENHOWER-MACMILLAN: Washington, 17 – There is to be a summit meeting next week between US President Dwight D. Eisenhower and British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in Washington. The announcement was made in an unusual manner, that is, in the form of simultaneous personal announcements this evening by the British prime minister in London and the US president in Washington. The reasons for this decision are now clear. The Soviets’ political exploitation of the scientific success of their satellite, Sputnik, and the crisis in the Middle East that has intensified at the prompting of the Soviet Union aimed at Turkey, has generally created the impression that the West is in a defensive position vis-a-vis the USSR. These events have raised the question of closer cooperation between the US and UK. CYPRUS: Nicosia, 17 – The Cyprus radio station that is controlled by the British government closed down this evening following an explosion. It was not clear whether there were any casualties. British forces circled the radio building. Two power transformers at the RAF base at Nicosia were knocked out.