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Middle East

Volume 894: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made towards the formulation of a jointly agreed policy on the Middle East between Great Britain and the other EEC members.

The Nine consult together frequently on the Middle East in the framework of political co-operation. They have agreed jointly to pursue a dialogue with the Arab States and the first meeting of experts to prepare for this was held in Cairo on 9th June. The Community has also recently signed a trade agreement with Israel to replace one which expires on 1st October 1975.