Arab Foreign Ministers started talks in Tunisia on Wednesday (14 November) in preparation for the tenth Summit Conference of the Arab League.
Arab Foreign Ministers started talks in Tunisia on Wednesday (14 November) in preparation for the tenth Summit Conference of the Arab League. The preliminary talks were expected to centre on a peace plan for Southern Lebanon. Arab Kings and Presidents will meet in the capital, Tunis, a few days later. Last weekend (10 and 11 November) Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister, Saud Al Faisal, arrived in Damascus during a tour of Syria and Iraq.
SYNOPSIS: Foreign Minister Saud Al Faisal was greeted at Damascus airport by his Syrian counterpart Abdel Halem Khaddam and Defence Minister Major General Mustapha Tlas. The Saudi Foreign Minister carried message for Syria and Iraq relating to the forthcoming Arab summit.
Both Saud Al Faisal's destinations, Syria and Iraq, are among the Arab world's best equipped military powers. But relations between them have been tense following the breakdown of a period of developing friendship.
The Saudi Foreign Minister's message to Syrian President Hafez Al Assad was reported to be connected with Arab coordination for the summit. Observers believed the success of the summit may hinge on whether several matters of contention, including the friction between Syria and Iraq, can be smoothed over. A main issue, however, was expected to be a discussion on a peace plan for Southern Lebanon.