Japan's diplomatic drive to win friends in the Arab world to help ensure stable Middle East oil supplies continued with talks in Jordan on Saturday (26 January).
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Background: Japan's diplomatic drive to win friends in the Arab world to help ensure stable Middle East oil supplies continued with talks in Jordan on Saturday (26 January).
A high-ranking Japanese delegation led by Mr. Zentaro Kosaka, Minister of State, Director-General Economic Planning Agency had official talks with the Jordanian Prime Minister Mr. Zeid Al-Rifai on strengthening relations between the two countries.
Mr. Kosaka also brought a letter for King Hussein explaining Japan's position in the middle East crisis. A Pakistan delegation also had discussions with the Jordanian Prime Minister later in the day.
The Japanese delegation's tour of the middle East included visits to Lebanon, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya.
Two days before Mr. Kosaka arrived in Jordan a team of fifteen Japanese trade and industry experts began a five day visit. They will be discussing the possibility of increasing bilateral trade and economic co-operation.
Following the October Arab-Israeli war, the Japanese Government abandoned its previously neutral Middle East stance when it suffered a 25-per-cent reduction in oil supplies. The Government then announced Japan would give full backing to United Nations Security Council's Resolution Number 242 which calls for a complete Israeli withdrawal from occupied Arab lands.
The other delegation was led by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Mr. Aziz Ahmad, and the talks were expected to centre on the coming Islamic Summit conference, due to open in Lahore, Pakistan, on 15th February.
According to diplomats in Lahore, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia has agreed to act as joint chairman of the conference with Pakistan's President Zulfikar ali Bhutto.