Two Arab V.I.Ps arrived in Tokyo on Saturday (8 December) night for talks with japanese?
Two Arab V.I.Ps arrived in Tokyo on Saturday (8 December) night for talks with japanese leaders about the current oil restrictions imposed by Middle east oil producers. The two men were the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Syria, Mr. Abdul-Halim Khaddam and Mr. Adnan Al-Pachachi, Abu Dhabi's Minister of State. At the airport to greet them, Japan's Foreign Minister, Mr. Masayoshi Ohira.
Japan is hoping to persuade the Arab oil producers to ease their export restrictions on the country, whose industry is already suffering greatly from a 25 per cent reduction in oil supplies from Arab oil producers.
Observers in Tokyo feel the Arabs will attempt to put pressures on Japan to take a more pro-Arab stand in Middle East affairs, perhaps to the extent of breaking off diplomatic relations with Israel.
Before the two men arrived in Japan, the Abu Dhabi newspaper, Al-Ittihad, which takes an official government line, confirmed that the United Arab Emirates regarded Japan as a "friendly" country with regard to the present oil sanctions policy, putting it in the same category as several European industrial nations that have been spared the full impact of the "oil weapon".