The Desert Locust Control Organisation of the East Africa High Commission has had a team operating in the Arabian peninsula as part of the international anti-locust campaign under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. In April of this year the Saudi Arabian Government asked this British team to withdraw, giving no reasons. Her Majesty's representative in Jedda immediately protested, and the Food and Agriculture Organisation was informed of the Saudi Arabian Government's action. I understand that the Food and Agriculture Organisation has addressed a communication to them on the matter. Recent Press reports that the British team were to leave on 1st May are incorrect.
During my recent visit to Riyadh to explore the possibility of improving our relations with Saudi Arabia, I stressed to the Saudi authorities that the expulsion of this team might lead to serious crop losses, with consequent distress among their neighbours. This could not fail to harm Saudi relations with them as well as with us
How many more insults have the British Government to take from the Arab countries before they start to put an end to this policy of favouring the Arab countries, which are fundamentally unfriendly to us, against a friendly country like Israel? Why have not the Government made stronger representations, in the name of humanity, to the Saudi Arabian Government not to take this action?