Magazine article UN Chronicle

Secretary-General Visits

Magazine article UN Chronicle

Secretary-General Visits

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Secretary-General visits ...

Persian Gulf

Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar made a week-long trip (30 March-6 April) to the Persian Gulf area, visiting four States of the region--Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.

At the outset of his tour, Mr. Perez de Cuellar met in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 30 March with King Fahd Ibn Abdel Aziz Al-Saud at the Royal Residence. Current matters of mutual concern were reviewed, including the Iran-Iraq conflict, the Middle East situation and Saudi Arabia's role in international economic development. Present at that meeting and a working lunch that followed were Crown Prince Abdallah bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister, Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Defence, Mohamed Abalkhail, Minister of Finance, Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Foreign Minister and Ali Al-Shaier, Minister of Information.

In talks with Prince Saud Al-Faisal, the Secretary-General expressed views on Iran-Iraq, Lebanon and other aspects of the Middle East situation, Afghanistan and Cyprus.

During a dinner hosted by Prince Saud, the Secretary-General met with other Saudi officials, including Minister of Oil, and Mineral Resources, Ahmed Zaki Yamani. The Secretary-General visited the Ministry of Planning where the Minister, Hisham Nazer, reviewed Saudi Arabian development plans through 1990. The Secretary-General visited Al-Dareyah, the site of Saudi Arabia's first city, 30 kilometres from Riyadh.

On 2 April, Mr. Perez de Cuellar arrived in Muscat, Oman, where he was welcomed by Foreign Minister Youssuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdallah. Later in the day, he met at Ghabra guest house, where he was staying, with Abdallah Bishari, Secretary-General of the Gulf Co-operation Council, discussing initiatives to end the Iran-Iraq conflict and means of strengthening relations between the United Nations and the Council, particularly in the economic and social fields. He also received the Foreign Minister of Cyprus, Geroge Iacovou upon his request.

On 3 April, the Secretary-General had a one-hour audience with the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos Bin Said, at Al-Seeb Royal Palace, during which they reviewed the current international situation, with special emphasis on regional issues. He also met with Foreign Minister Youssuf Bin Alawi Bin Abdallah, discussing issues relating to Iran and Iraq, the Middle East, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

On 4 April, in Manama, Bahrain, Mr. Perez de Cuellar had an audience with Sheikh Isa bin Sulman Al-Khalifa, the Emir of Bahrain, who hosted a working dinner attended by all members of the Bahrain Cabinet. He also met with Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al-Khalifa to discuss Iran-Iraq, the Middle East, Lebanon and certain economic questions. The Secretary-General flew to Qatar on the evening of 5 April.

On 6 April, in Doha, Qatar, he had an audience with the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al-Thani, reviewing the current international situation, including the Iran-Iraq conflict, the Middle East problem, the Lebanese crisis and the role of Qatar at the United Nations. During his visit, he also met with Foreign Minister Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saif Al-Thani, and the country's Minister of Finance and Petroleum, Sheikh Abdul-Aziz bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

While in Doha, it was announced that Mr. Perez de Cuellar and his party--including Diego Cordovez, Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs--would travel to Teheran and Baghdad on 7 and 8 April, "as a result of the consultations" conducted by the Secretary-General since 18 March with officials of Iran and Iraq.

... Paris and Geneva

Aspects of global political tensions and economic difficulties were at the heart of talks between Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar and top French officials during a two-day visit to Paris in April.

The situation in the Middle East, particularly with regard to Lebanon, the continuing war between Iran and Iraq, third world economic problems and the crisis in drought-stricken Africa were among major topics discussed. …

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