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    THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, MR. GEORGE THOMSON, ARRIVED AT KUALA LUMPUR DURING THE WEEKEND (SATURDAY) FOR?

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    THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, MR. GEORGE THOMSON, ARRIVED AT KUALA LUMPUR DURING THE WEEKEND (SATURDAY) FOR TALKS ON BRITISH DEFENCE ECONOMIES IN THE REGION. TODAY HE WENT ON TO SINGAPORE, THEN HE WILL VISIT AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND FOR SIMILAR TALKS BEFORE RETURNING TO LONDON NEXT WEEK.

    AT KUALA LUMPUR AIRPORT MR. THOMSON WAS MET BY THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER, SIR MICHAEL WALKER, THE PERMANENT SECRETARY, MALAYSIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TAN SRI GHAZALI SHAFIE, AND BRITISH PERSONNEL.

    FEW DETAILS WERE GIVEN OF MR. THOMSON'S TALKS WITH THE MALAYSIAN LEADERS, BUT THEY HAVE EXPRESSED GRAVE CONCERN OVER THE BRITISH PROPOSALS AND STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE WHICH MALAYSIA ATTACHED TO DEFENCE AGREEMENTS WITH BRITAIN.

    THE BRITISH WITHDRAWAL PROPOSALS ARE INTENDED TO EASE BRITAIN'S ECONOMY AFTER THE NOVEMBER DEVALUATION OF STERLING. DURING HIS TOUR MR.THOMSON IS EXPECTED TO EXPLAIN TO COMMONWEALTH LEADERS THE ECONOMIC PRESSURES WHICH HAVE FORCES TO BRITAIN TO REVIEW OVERSEAS DEFENCE COMMITMENTS. THIS INCLUDES THE GBP84-MILLION YEARLY COST IN FOREIGN CURRENCY OF THE FORCES IN MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE, GBP55-MILLION OF THIS TOTAL IN SPENT ON MAINTAINING THE SINGAPORE BASE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABDPC0CW35TNCKYV2W49A1HY6S
    Media URN:
    VLVABDPC0CW35TNCKYV2W49A1HY6S
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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