Ministers of the seven-nation Western European Union (WEU) meeting near Rome on Monday (14 Sept) heart the British Representative, Anthony Royle, explain his country's East Of Suez Policy.
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Background: Ministers of the seven-nation Western European Union (WEU) meeting near Rome on Monday (14 Sept) heart the British Representative, Anthony Royle, explain his country's East Of Suez Policy. Mr Royle assured the meeting that Britain's Far Eastern policy did not affect the priority it gave to the defence of Europe.
The WEU unites Britain with the six Common Market countries and Mr Royle, who is the British Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, stressed that the East of Suez policy was in the interests of Western Europe as a whole because of the growing Soviet naval power in the world. He added that the first priority of British defence policy remained the defence of Europe, where British security fundamentally lay.
Commenting on the situation in the Arabian Gulf Mr Royle said that Britain believed that a precipitate military withdrawal from the area could lead to a situation of general instability in the gulf.
The WEU also discussed the Middle-East hijackings at Monday's meeting The British and West German foreign ministers were unable to attend the meetings because of continuing negotiations about the fate of hijack hostages in Jordan.