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Volume 892: debated on Wednesday 21 May 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the state of relations between the United Kingdom and South Vietnam following the recognition of the new Government; and if he will indicate the steps to be taken to implement the new relationship.

We recognised the new Government in Saigon on 12th May and intend to reopen our embassy there as soon as possible. We are discussing the practical arrangements with the South Vietnamese. We are, of course, ready to receive diplomatic representatives of the Republic of South Vietnam in London.