§ 60. Mr. Stratton Mills
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on his discussions with King Faisal during his recent visit to the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. George Brown
My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister circulated a statement on these talks in reply to a Question from the hon. Gentleman the Member for Shrewsbury (Sir J. Langford-Holt) on 6th June. I have nothing to add to it.—[Vol. 747, c. 790–1.]
§ Mr. Dewar
Can my right hon. Friend tell the House whether it was indicated to the Prime Minister by the King of Saudi Arabia that he was prepared to support and guarantee a broadly based Administration for the South Arabian Federation, and if so, what limits he put on the definition of the term "broadly based"?
§ Mr. Brown
I am certain that the King of Saudi Arabia, like us and many others, would like to see a broadly based Government in South Arabia. I am certain that he would like to see it introduced as soon as possible. The King put no limit on this, neither do we. What we are trying to bring about is a Government whose composition includes all the various strains of South Arabian nationalism.
§ Mr. Stratton Mills
Cannot the right hon. Gentleman go a little further? Did not King Faisal make it clear that in his view the policy of Her Majesty's Government in leaving the South Arabian Federation defenceless was total madness, and did he not emphasise the grave danger of external attack?
§ Lord Balniel
Does not the right hon. Gentleman recollect that last week the Prime Minister said that King Faisal does not see eye to eye with the Government on the question of South Arabian policy? What is the difference? Does it lie in the fact that the Saudi Arabian Government are extremely concerned about the launching of the South Arabian Federation, on independence, without any proper security against external aggression?