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- proper n. The territory, stretching around the course of the Suez Canal (built and administered by the Suez Canal Company), of which Britain took full control (appointing governors in Port Suez, also the posting of British (Vice) Consuls) from 14 November 1936 until its return to Egypt in 1956.
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That decline had been visibly symbolized in 1954 by the agreement for the withdrawal of British troops from the Suez Canal Zone, a step the Eisenhower administration had negotiated.
Once again the negotiations on the evacuation of British troops from the Suez Canal Zone had been derailed.
The plan was that once the Israelis began to advance toward the Suez Canal Zone, Britain and France would issue an ultimatum to Israel and Egypt to cease fighting and accept Anglo-French occupation of the Canal Zone.
Prime Minister Churchill, who had returned to power in 1951, had visited Washington two weeks prior to the inauguration, imploring Eisenhower to support Britain in negotiations with the Egyptians regarding the British military presence in the Suez Canal Zone.
In 1865, the Suez Canal Zone had a population of some 10,000.