The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Mr. Chedli Klibi of Tunisia, has appealed to Egypt?
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Background: The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Mr. Chedli Klibi of Tunisia, has appealed to Egypt to "recognise its mistakes", as he put it, and return to the Arab fold. Mr. Klibi described Egypt as the Arab League's "eldest sister" who might've been misled by United States' promises.
SYNOPSIS: A two-day meeting of the Arab League Ministerial Council was held at the Tunis Hilton Hotel. The league's headquarters were transferred from Cairo to Tunis after Egypt was suspended from the organisation last March for signing a peace treaty with Israel. The ministerial council confirmed the election of Mr. Klibi as secretary-general and he was sworn in before its meeting began. Mr. Klibi made his remarks about Egypt at this first news conference after his election. The former Tunisian Foreign Minister said it wasn't true that Egyptian policy was a step towards a comprehensive Middle East settlement. The Palestinian people were able to make their own decisions and Egypt had no right to speak for them. Mr. Klibi said the present situation clearly showed that Israel was not prepared to seek a solution acceptable to the Arab world. He hoped the Egyptian people would realise this. Mr. Klibi said he didn't think the league was planning any sanctions against the United States for its role in the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. He said the league would launch new efforts to demonstrate what he called the Arab's "just cause".
Mr. Klibi, a fifty-four-year-old writer and politician, was the strong favourite for the post as the new secretary-general. He succeeds Mr. Mahmoud Riad of Egypt who resigned when the Arab states took sanctions against his country. Mr. Klibi is widely regarded as a dynamic and decisive man with a talent for expressing complex issues simply and clearly. At his news conference, he said news conference, he said his first priority was to help restore Arab unity. His first trip in his new role will be to Lebanon to visit the Government there and the Palestine Liberation Organisation.