President Bourguiba of Tunisia went to the Elysee Palace on Wednesday (December 12) for nearly two hours of talks with President Pompidou and afterwards reaffirmed that France, Britain, West Germany and Austria would not go short of oil.
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Background: President Bourguiba of Tunisia went to the Elysee Palace on Wednesday (December 12) for nearly two hours of talks with President Pompidou and afterwards reaffirmed that France, Britain, West Germany and Austria would not go short of oil.
The Tunisian leader said he had been given personal assurance on this by Algerian President Houari Boumedienne and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.
He emphasised that this was despite a statement by the Algerian Government that it would fully honour the decision taken last weekend by the Arab oil producing countries to cut back production by a further five per cent.
"The big news that I brought France this morning is that she will not lack petrol this year", said President Bourguiba.
Tunisian and French officials said later they understood the Tunisian leader to mean the coming year.
President Bourguiba made a similar statement in Tunis before bearding the 'plane to Paris. A few hours later the Algerian Government issued an official communique which was seen as a clear denial.
When asked about the communique President Bedrguiba replied: "I have my information from the head of State himself and not from the Government."
In his talks with President Pompidau, the Tunisian leader also discussed the Middle East situation and the possibility of holding a meeting of Arab and Western European countries in Tunisia. Such a conference was suggested earlier this month by French Foreign Minister Michel Jobert.