The Moslem world has been urged to break diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union and Afghanistan.
SV INTERIOR Delegates arrive for conference (3 shots)
SV Delegates standing in groups talking (2 shots)
SV AND CU President Zia Ul-Haq of Pakistan greets Bahrain Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Mubarik Al Khalifa, and sits with him (2 shots)
SV AND CU President Zia greets and sits with Gambian External Affairs Minister Kiti Jabang (2 shots)
GV Delegates seated in conference hall
CU Assistant Secretary General Qasim Zuhairi of Morocco speaking in Arabic
GV Delegates seated
SV Iranian Foreign Minister Sadeq Qotbzadeh seated at press conference
CU Qotbzadeh speaking in English
QOTBZADEH: "So it is in this line that we are pursuing our search, and in that line, any front that is going to be made is going to be effective. But, for a beginning, we have already suggested a boycott of the friends of Israel economically by the various countries -- Islamic countries. And we hope such a resolution will be adopted and acted upon, and we will see the results (indistinct)."
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Background: The Moslem world has been urged to break diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union and Afghanistan. The call was made by Afghan guerrilla leaders at the Islamic Foreign Ministers Conference in Islamabad. The conference has been making intensive efforts to reach agreement on ways to secure the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan. The Afghan rebels have been allowed to address the political committee of the conference, despite the reservations of pro-Soviet Arab states.
SYNOPSIS: The Afghanistan crisis, and the issue of the American hostages in Iran, have been the crucial topics discussed by the delegates in Islamabad. The forty-nation movement had already shown its condemnation of the Soviet military intervention by suspending Afghanistan's membership. And Iran has shown its opposition to the Soviet-backed Kabul Government by including Afghan insurgent leaders in its delegation to the conference.
Pakistan's President Zia Ul-Haq, who is seen getting Bahrain's Foreign Minister, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Mubarik Al Khalifa, wants a fresh initiative to help reach a comprehensive settlement to the crisis. Pakistan has provided a sanctuary for Afghan insurgents among the seven hundred thousand refugees who have spilled across Pakistan's border.
President Zia, who also met Gambia's Foreign Minister Kiti Jabang, has said the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated since the conference discussed the issue last January. The initiatives now being considered include a suggestion that a ministerial delegation negotiate directly with Moscow, and a call for an international conference.
Another problem discussed here was the issue of Palestinian autonomy. And the movement's Secretary-General, Qasim Zuhairi, said the United Nations should impose sanctions in Israel if it strengthens its hold on Jerusalem.
Iran's Foreign Minister, Sadeq Qotbzadeh, reiterated the call for sanctions.