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    Japan's Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Takeo Miki, met the United States' Secretary of State, Dr.?

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    Japan's Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Takeo Miki, met the United States' Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, on Wednesday (9 January). The two men discussed the Middle East crisis and other issues.

    Mr. Miki arrived in Washington on Tuesday (8 January) for talks with U.S. government officials, following his recent tour of eight Middle Eastern countries. That tour had been part of a Japanese diplomatic drive to secure stable oil supplies in the face of the Arab oil producers' cut-back.

    At a news conference following his meeting with Dr. Kissinger, Mr. Miki said Japan was prepared to contribute towards the welfare of Palestinian refugees, in partial repayment for the Arab world's oil supplies during Japan's economic boom. He also said Japan was willing to contribute 140 million dollars (58 million sterling) towards the first stage of the programme to re-open the Suez Canal.

    Mr. Miki said that he had not discussed with Dr. Kissinger Japan's decision to support the Arab demand for total withdrawal of Israeli troops from occupied Arab land. However, he said, they had discussed the United States' proposal for an Energy Action Committee composed of the United States, Japan, Canada and six West European nations. He added that the Japanese Government would be considering the proposal.

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