As Britons prepare for the petrol rationing that might be just around the corner, two leading Arab Oil Ministers arrived in London on Wednesday (28 November) for talks with British Government officials.
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SHEIKH YAMANI: "We hope that this visit to England, as well as the visits which we will have to other European countries will bring a fruitful result, and we hope that as a result of this crisis stronger economical and political ties will come into existence between the Arab world and Europe as a whole. Thank you."
The Sheikh also expressed the hope that Arab nations will be able to bring oil production back to pre-September levels, once there has been an Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab lands. He commented on the cut-back in production:
SHEIKH YAMANI: "Well, I think that the whole world is suffering from the cutback in production but that there are some nations who are in a much better position than the others. I think France and Great Britain, as well as Spain, are enjoying a very favourable treatment."
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Background: As Britons prepare for the petrol rationing that might be just around the corner, two leading Arab Oil Ministers arrived in London on Wednesday (28 November) for talks with British Government officials.
Sheikh Ahmed Zaki Yamasni, Saudi Arabia's Minister of Jil, and M. Belaid Abdessalem, the Algerian Industry Minister, arrived in the British capital on the second leg of a tour of European capitals, during which they intend to explain the Arab nations' position on oil.
On Thursday, the two Ministers are having separate talks with the British prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, the Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home and Mr. Peter Thomas, the Minister for Industry.
At a press conference at London's Heathrow Airport on Wednesday, Sheikh Yamani was optimistic about his visit: