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This attitude, inevitably, would not hold up for long. British Concessions Sidqi Pasha, had he so wished, could have placed the Egyptian question before the Security Council; he refrained, however, from internationalizing the dispute. That he considered the option is indisputable: The call to submit the Egyptian case to the United Nations had risen daily from a number of quarters since late 1945. The prime minister probably calculated that the position of Egypt in the international system made an appeal to the Security Council pointless.
To the Tories this step threatened to undermine the Empire. In response to their criticisms Bevin assured them that he ‘‘would not leave a vacuum in the Middle East,’’ although he did not explain how this would be accomplished in the absence of forces on the ground. As part of his new policy, the foreign minister also announced the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of soldiers from Cairo and Alexandria. This evacuation from urban centers—which was completed within a period of ten months—began immediately: by 4 July the British had returned to the Egyptian government the Citadel of Muhammad Ali, which had served as the British military headquarters for more than sixty years.
However noble his intentions, in order to survive in power Ismail Sidqi stood before two simple tests: He had to achieve total independence for Egypt and he had to bring the Sudan under the sovereignty of the Egyptian crown. Failure to achieve these demands would not ruin the reputation of the prime minister—as long as he remained faithful to their spirit. If, however, he tried to sell something less to the Egyptian public, he could expect serious trouble. These had been the demands of Egyptian nationalists since the time of Sa‘d Zaghlul, and they constituted the ofﬁcial policy of the Sidqi government.