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Middle East Visit

Volume 84: debated on Monday 21 October 1985

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asked the Prime Minister which Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ministers accompanied her on her recent visit to the middle east.

I have been asked to reply.None. My right hon. Friend was, however, accompanied by a senior Foreign Office official, in addition to members of her own staff.

asked the Prime Minister if she will make a statement on her recent visit to the middle east.

I have been asked to reply.My right hon. Friend visited Egypt from 16–18 September and Jordan from 18–20 September. This was the first visit by a British Prime Minister in office to Cairo since Mr. Churchill in 1943, and the first ever to Jordan. My right hon. Friend reviewed our excellent bilateral relations with both countries and had valuable talks on international issues, particularly the middle east. My right hon. Friend reaffirmed our full support for King Hussein and President Mubarak in the search for a peaceful solution of the Arab-Israel dispute. My right hon. Friend also visited projects in both countries in which British industry is closely involved.