Typed letter signed, in support of world peace.April 1956 Stock Code: 141392
"The resolutions... bear the stamp of a world-wide movement for prosperity and peace"Typed letter signed from Gamal Abdel Nasser, as Prime Minister of Egypt. Nasser writes in response to Ray Gardner (1919-1997), chairman of the British Columbia Peace Council in Vancouver, a constituent part of the anti-imperialist Canadian Peace Congress. Gardner had written to Nasser sending his well wishes on the anniversary of the 1955 Bandung Conference, a meeting of Asian and African states (most newly independent) to promote cooperation and oppose colonialism, and a significant step towards the creation of the Non-Aligned Movement. In the Conference, Nasser was treated as the leading representative of the Arab countries, popular across the colonial and former colonial nations as the spearhead of the 1952 Egyptian revolution. So too was Nasser widely esteemed among anti-colonial and peace organizations in the West, as demonstrated by Gardner's letter.
Nasser writes: "Sir, this it to acknowledge with gratitude the receipt of our message dated February 28, 1956, and the noble feelings expressed therein on the occasion of the first anniversary of the Bandung Conference held last year. I should like to say that the memory of the Bandung Conference figures splendidly in my heart. The resolutions reached by the Conference bear the stamp of a world-wide movement for prosperity and peace. Yours sincerely Gamal Abdel Nasser". Nasser's hope for world peace is particularly compelling, as before the end of the year he would be at war with Britain, France, and Israel with the Suez crisis.
Gardner retained the letter as part of his collection of correspondence and documents from notable individuals, acquired by him in his peace activism and later work as a newspaper editor in Toronto, since dispersed with the rest of his estate.
Typed letter (232 x 162 mm) on Egyptian Prime Minister's Office letterhead, together with the original stamped and franked envelope marked Air Mail.
Chipping to letter with loss to the date at head (the envelope is franked 26 April 1956), all the other text present, overall in good condition.
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