The British Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, hosted a ship-board dinner on Friday (15 Jan.)?
The British Prime Minister, Mr. Edward Heath, hosted a ship-board dinner on Friday (15 Jan.) at the Singapore Naval base, for the Prime Ministers of Singapore, Australia, Malaysia and New Zealand.
The dinner was held in the ward-room of the 12,000-ton Amphibious Assault ship H.M.S. "Intrepid", which recently spear-headed the British relief operations in East Pakistan.
Despite growing criticism from Afro-Asian leaders of his proposal to sell arms to South Africa, Mr. Heath had earlier in the day stressed to the Commonwealth Prime Ministers at their Conference in Singapore Britain's right to decide its own affairs.
He said the Commonwealth was not a Court of Appeal with a prescriptive right to sit in final judgement on the policies and actions of its members.
All of the group who dined with Mr. Heath on the "Intrepid", Mr. Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore, Tun Abdul Razak of Malaysia, Mr. John Gorton of Australia, and Mr. Keith Holyoake of New Zealand, have been moderate in their criticism of the British Government's proposals to sell arms to South Africa.
Also present at the dinner was the British Foreign Minister Sir Alec Douglas-Home, a former British Prime Minister.