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clipped from: 0 C U R R E N T INTELLIGENCE D C&ff m pcklf er Release 2000/05/05: CIA-RDP78-01634R000100030010-7 OCI no. 6653/55 4 Oct 55 Egyptian arms mission negotiating in India: A four-man Egyptian arms mission is in India negotiating or the pur- chase of Indian military equipment, including small arms, engineering and signal materiel, according to a usually reliable source. The Egyptians are reported dissatisfied, however, with the terms offered by New Delhi, claiming that2t txeame items are available at lower cost in Europe. comments _. that India seeks to keep its ordnance factories going in the interqAAiX self-sufficiency and has instructed its military attaches abroad to act as salesmen for surplus Indian equipment. doubts, however, that India' would of na e t since it has a great need for this : e . Comment: Before the conclusion of its arms deal with the Soviet bloc, Egypt sought to tap all possible sources of arms supplies.* Since then, however, Egyptian arms mis- sions probably have become reluctant to buy except on terms as good as those offered by the bloc, and this particular. opportunity to establish the closer Egyptian-Indian rela- tions sought by New Delhi may thus have vanished. 1