Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani and Algerian Industry Minister Belaid Abdessalem are touring Western capitals to discuss the Arab oil embargo and general Arab policies in their dispute with Israel.
SV Yamani and Douglas-Home out of cars and entering Foreign Office Building (2 shots)
SV Douglas-Home posing with both envoys for cameras
CU No. Tan Downing Street
CU Heath with Yamani
CU Yamani at press conference
"When the whole world, specially Europe and Japan, realise that the price of Israeli occupation of Arab territories is the suffering they are having now, when they realise this, that this is not blackmail, we are not really trying to force anyone to do anything. We are refraining from any immediate sort of sacrifice and.....until we feel that the others appreciate this, a little bit of cooperating with us, and this is very legitimate cause - if your country is occupied, you are justified to do whatever you have in your power to remove that occupation. So I think again we should make it clear, we should talk to everybody and explain the militant approach we have."
Initials LD/0440 AE/4.32
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani and Algerian Industry Minister Belaid Abdessalem are touring Western capitals to discuss the Arab oil embargo and general Arab policies in their dispute with Israel. Both held meetings with British Ministers on Thursday (November 29).
After meeting with British Minister of Industry Thomas Boardman and Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the Arab envoys held separate discussions with Prime Minister Edward Heath.
At the end the day, before flying to Brussels, the Arab minister held a press conference, herewith follows transcript of part of Mr. Yamani's remarks