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South-West Asia

Volume 978: debated on Wednesday 13 February 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on recent visits by Ministers to the South-West Asia area.

In January my right hon. and noble Friend visited Turkey, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and India, and made a brief call at Bahrain. My hon. Friend the Minister of State the Member for Mid-Oxon (Mr. Hurd), visited Qatar Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. In addition, I visited New Delhi on my way back from South-East Asia. We welcomed the opportunity for these further talks in the area.