Eight East European states met in Belgrade yesterday (Monday) to seek ways of helping the Arab world combat an estimated billion dollar (about GBP357,000,000 sterling) loss sustained in the war with Israel.
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Background: Eight East European states met in Belgrade yesterday (Monday) to seek ways of helping the Arab world combat an estimated billion dollar (about GBP357,000,000 sterling) loss sustained in the war with Israel.
Among the nations represented was Rumania, which earlier refused to sign a Communist summit document in Moscow promising aid to the Arabs.
The meeting, at deputy premier level, was summoned on the initiative of Yugoslav President Tito, a prime mover in diplomatic exchanges to solve the Middle East crisis.
The Yugoslav news agency, Tanjug, which estimated the Arab losses at a billion dollars, said the Arab nations should make a major effort to wipe out the consequences of Israeli "aggression".
Another aim of the Communist grouping is apparently to help President Nasser face grave economic, political and social problems expected to confront the United Arab Republic next year.
Other nations represented at the meeting were Bulgaria. Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.
Tanjug reported that the war losses were so huge that no matter how great the Arab self-denial, they would not be able to recover without aid from "peace-loving and progressive countries."