Saudi Arabia Deputy Premier, Prince Fahd Abd Al-Azi, had discussions in Washington on Wednesday (5 June) with United States Secretary of State, Dr.
Saudi Arabia Deputy Premier, Prince Fahd Abd Al-Azi, had discussions in Washington on Wednesday (5 June) with United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and Assistant Secretary of State for the Middle East Mr. Joseph Sisco. The main topic was the expansion of Saudi-U.S. co-operation.
The main aim of the visit is to secure a understanding on increased U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia in return for guarantees of continued Saudi co-operation in supplying oil.
On the same day, the United States newspaper, The Herald Tribune, carried a report, as yet unconfirmed, that the Saudi Petroleum Minister, Sheikh Ahmed Yamani, had succeeded in persuading the Arab oil producers to abandon the quota system -- by which concuming countries are allocated supplies in accordance with the degree of support they give to the Arab cause in the Middle East.
U.S. officials insist they are not seeking an 'oil for arms' deal with Saudi Arabia involving specific exchanges of goods. The United States has previously condemned attempts by European countries to solve their energy problems in this way.
Prince Al-Azi was also to have talks with President Nixon.