Egypt's information Minister, Dr. Abdul Magd told newsmen in Cairo on Tuesday (January 7) that?
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 2: DR. MAGD: "All I can say is that we fail to understand the need of handling for such statements, let alone our many questions we have of the merits of such statements. First of all there have been no threats of complete stoppage or even partial stoppage of the flow of oil to the west or any other parts of Europe. Secondly the dispute over the prices of oil has been going on for months, I would even say for years. The door has been always open and is still open for discussion for negotiations, for talks, for (indistinct). Very few of these has been made. To my knowledge non has been made officially during the last two or three weeks. So to make a statement, choosing the extreme possibility and choosing the extreme answer to this extreme possibility, is indeed very questionable. Nonetheless it is very doubtful to my mind, and is questionable, if any foreign power, should take military measures to meet a crisis that is basically economic and political.
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Background: Egypt's information Minister, Dr. Abdul Magd told newsmen in Cairo on Tuesday (January 7) that Dr. Kissinger's recent statement on the possible use of force against oil producing nations would do little to help Arab-American relations. The American Secretary of State said he would not rule out the use of force if the industrialised would was being strangled by Middle East oil policies.
Here's a transcript of Dr. Magd's reply.