HC Deb 11 February 1982 vol 17 c440W
54. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement on the Foreign Secretary's recent official tour of South-East Asia.

Mr. Humphrey Atkins

My right hon. and noble Friend paid a visit to the five ASEAN countries from 27 January to 10 February. He had useful discussions with national leaders in each capital. The talks naturally covered a wide range of topics of mutual concern. My right hon. and noble Friend made clear our strong support for the general approach of ASEAN to the Cambodia problem. In Malaysia, my right hon. and noble Friend had a full and friendly discussion with the Malaysian Prime Minister. We naturally hope that these discussions may prove the beginning of a better understanding. Both sides agreed to look at ways in which the dialogue might best be carried forward.

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