October 1954 Anglo-Egyptian Treaty. British troops to be removed from Suez Canal by June 1956. Egypt promises freedom of navigation through the Suez Canal.
Feb.1955 British PM Eden reneges on promise to supply Nasser with arms Nasser completes purchase of arms from Czechoslovakia. Egypt blocks port of Eilat.
Nasser needs arms from Czechoslovakia to destroy Israel. Egypt blockades Eilat in the Gulf of Aqaba
In retaliation to Nasser’s perceived relations with the Soviet Union Britain and the USA withdraw from their promise to finance the building of a new dam at Aswan
Furious, Nasser nationalises the Suez Canal. Eden saw this as a breach of the Anglo Egyptian Agreement of 1954 and decides on military action. The USA disapproved of such an action.
October 1956, Eden met with Mollet, the French PM and Ben-Gurion, the Israeli PM near Paris and made a secret agreement. Israelis to seize the Sinai and advance towards Suez. French and British troops would invade Egypt. 29 October the three forces entered the canal zone.