A Conservative British MP, Mr Douglas Hurd, has urged the Gulf states to consider their joint security in the wake of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
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GV AND SV Right Honourable Douglas Hurd, MR, speaking to Middle East Association members. (3 shots)
HURD: "We've seen, and it's been, on the whole, encouraging ... we've seen how the Moslem countries have reacted more strongly than anyone to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Their concern was vividly expressed by Lord Carrington on his visit, which you referred to ... on my visit to the Gulf last week. And it's found expression in very strong language indeed, much stronger than that used by the General Assembly of the United Nations, in the resolution of the Islamic Conference, which was held in Islamabad, and its outcome is in our newspapers today. And I think it is encouraging, that, without prompting from the West, with spontaneous perception of what is really happening in their own area, so many countries, which, in the past, have been very critical of western influence, have spontaneously come to the conclusion that it isn't western influence that is the main danger to their future and to their prosperity. We hope that in the Gulf, these states will come together, look again at the problem of their joint security, perhaps more intensively than they have in the past, and then let us know if there are gaps, or therefore needs, that they think we could fill. This should be, in our view, an essential part of the response of ourselves and the western allies as a whole to the invasion of Afghanistan".
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Background: A Conservative British MP, Mr Douglas Hurd, has urged the Gulf states to consider their joint security in the wake of the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. After doing this, they could call upon Britain and its western allies to fill any gaps. Mr Hurd made these points in a speech to the Middle East Association in London on Wednesday (30 January). He was speaking on behalf of British Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington, who visited a number of southwest Asian countries shortly after the Soviet Union poured thousands of troops into Afghanistan.
SYNOPSIS: The Association consists of four hundred and fifty mostly British firms that do business in the Middle East and north Africa.