WASHINGTON (Jan. 27)
Former Sen. J. William Fulbright registered with the Department of Justice as a foreign agent yesterday representing the United Arab Emirates, a federation of oil producing sheikhdoms on the Persian Gulf. The Arkansas Democrat, who was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for 15 of his 30 years in the Senate, joined the law firm of Hogan and Hartson when he left the Senate last year after his defeat in the 1974 Democratic primaries.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency disclosed on Jan. 22 that through Fulbright’s efforts, the United Arab Emirates engaged his law firm as their legal counsel in the U.S. last summer. Although the firm was registered as a foreign agent, Fulbright was not so registered until yesterday.
It was reported from Cairo, meanwhile, that Fulbright has been awarded Egypt’s Order of the Republic, that country’s second highest award, in recognition of his support for the Arab cause. President Anwar Sadat reportedly cited the ex-Senator as the first American official to recommend that the U.S. recognize the PLO.