The Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Mr. Omar Sakkaf, and the United States Secretary of State,?
The Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister, Mr. Omar Sakkaf, and the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, met in Washington on Thursday (29 August) for more than two hours of talks on the next steps towards a Middle East peace settlement.
Asked if the question of oil had been discussed, Dr. Kissinger said they had talked about it only generally. The newsman's question had been prompted because that day, experts from the Petroleum Exporting Countries Organisation (OPEC) were meeting in Vienna, to discuss the reduction of oil production in order to maintain the current high prices. Saudi Arabia has so far resisted such proposals.
At a news conference in the State Department after their meeting, Mr. Sakkaf said that the question of bilateral relations had occupied most of their discussions. He was due to meet President Gerald Ford later in the day, and he said he hoped to give a more detailed account of his talks later.
Dr. Kissinger said that his discussions with Mr. Sakkaf on the Middle East situation, had clarified what could be done and in what period of time.