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Prime Minister (Kuwait Statement)

Volume 15: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1981

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29.

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether Her Majesty's Government have received any response from Arab States to the Prime Minister's statement in Kuwait on 27 September that the reason why Her Majesty's Government did not have ministererial meetings with the Palestine Liberation Organisation was, first, its association with terrorism, and secondly, the statement by parts of the Palestine Liberation Organisation that its real objective is to drive Israel into the sea and wipe it off the face of the globe.

The Government's views on the problems of the Middle East are well known to all Arab States, but differences of view on aspects of our policy are inevitable. Informal representations about my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's statement were made by some Arab Governments.