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Oral Answers to Questions — Aden (Yemen Claim)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1957.

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Photo of Mr Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice 12:00 am, 27th November 1957

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement about the recent reaffirmation of Yemen's claim to sovereignty over Aden.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

This matter was raised at the recent talks in London during the visit of His Royal Highness Prince Badr from 10th to 20th November. It was not possible to reconcile our points of view on this issue. Nevertheless, I believe that the friendly personal relations and good will which were established during the visit—to which His Royal Highness made an important personal contribution—may make it easier to discuss questions of mutual concern in the future.

It is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to utilise any opportunity which offers to exchange views with the Government of His Majesty the imam and to reach agreements which will remove causes of friction. We sincerely desire friendly relations with the Yemen. I intend to continue to try to secure these objectives.

Photo of Mr Patrick Wall Mr Patrick Wall , Haltemprice

Whilst agreeing that we desire friendly relations with the Yemen, may I ask my right hon. and learned Friend to make it quite clear that, although Her Majesty's Government would agree to discussing frontier rectifications, they cannot agree to any claim of foreign sovereignty over Aden?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

That matter has been made absolutely clear.