Arab envoys have been in Rabat for talks with King Hassan following the attempt on his life last week.
SV PAN Dr Kholi (2nd from left) across tarmac with officials
GV Aircraft TILT TO group walking
SV Dr Kholi shaking hands with officials & boarding aircraft
SV Mr Saqaf crossing tarmac after landing in light aircraft, greeted by same party who saw Dr Kholi off
SV PAN Party entering lounge
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Background: Arab envoys have been in Rabat for talks with King Hassan following the attempt on his life last week. They include officials from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Tunisia and Iran, and in addition a Guinaan ambassador from Algiers. Libya, meanwhile, has broken off diplomatic relations with Morocco following the assassination attempt. The Moroccan Government had accused Libya of supporting the would-be assassins.
SYNOPSIS: Several Arab envoys have been flying in and out of Morocco this week for talks with King Hassan following the abortive attempt on his life last week. They included Egyptian Presidential envoy Dr Hassan Kholi-second from left -- who left for home on thursday after a meeting with King Hassan to discuss relations between the two countries He had brought with him a message from President Anwar Sadat of Egypt congratulating King Hassan on escaping with this life. Earlier reports indicated that relations between the two countries were uncertain. Egypt had been mentioned by King Hassan in connection with the conspiracy, when he told a press conference that the Moroccan embassy in Cairo had been flooded with passport applications from 600 people wishing to help the mutineer Libya, meanwhile, has broken off diplomatic relations with Morocco after being accused of supporting the would-be assassins.
Another envoy was Saudi Arabian Foreign Affairs Minister Mr Omar Saqaf, who flew from Rabat to Casablanca airport in a private light aircraft to catch a regular flight back home after a meeting with King Hassan. He, too, had a message of congratulations for the King, and told reporters that had the assassination attempt succeed the whole Arab world would have be plunged into a dangerous situation The Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Morocco, meanwhile, is still in hospital there with wounds suffer during the attack on King Hassan at a birthday party attended by 400 guests.