HC Deb 23 April 1958 vol 586 cc933-4
6. Mr. Philips Price

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the formation of a new Government in Saudi Arabia with the appointment of Prince Feisal to direct foreign policy, he will take steps to open discussions with that Government for the solution of outstanding differences with this country, such as the Buraimi oasis and other questions.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

Her Majesty's Government would welcome the restoration of the traditional friendly relations between the two countries, and they have for some time been in communication with the Saudi Arabian Government with this end in view.

Mr. Price

Is not it a fact that the policy of the present Saudi Arabian Government is not less friendly to this country than when it was directed directly by the King?

Mr. Lloyd

We have no reason to believe that there has been any change.

Mr. Younger

Can the right hon. and learned Gentleman say whether the Buraimi question is in any way under negotiation? I seem to remember that we were told that there were discussions at one time or that the Saudi Arabians were seeking discussions. Is this a matter of present discussion?

Mr. Lloyd

Our position is that problems like that of the Buraimi Oasis would be much better handled if we could restore diplomatic relations.