In Cairo on Saturday (27 November) members of the Joint Arab Defence Council met for a secret session at a time described by its Secretary General....
In Cairo on Saturday (27 November) members of the Joint Arab Defence Council met for a secret session at a time described by its Secretary General....Abdel Khalek Hassouna....as a most crucial stage of the Arab struggle for freedom. Among leaders attending the Council was Jordanian Premier, and Defence Minister, Wasfi Tell who was assassinated the following day (Sunday 28 November) after a further session of the Council.
Speaking at Saturday's session Mr. Hassouna told delegates that over the past four years Israel had openly challenged the United Nations as it continued to occupy Egyptian, Syrian, and Jordanian territory, and that the liberation of these usurped areas was the responsibility of the entire Arab nations. Main purpose of the meeting of Foreign Ministers, Defence Ministers and Army Chiefs of Staff, was to discuss the precise role of each Arab nation in the event of renewed armed forces hostilities in the Middle East. Mr. Wasfi Tell, who was noted for his toughness in dealing with internal problems and with Jordan's relations with her Arab neighbours, was accompanied in Cairo by a private guard of 15 Jordanian Intelligence officers in case of an assassination attempt. The Jordanian delegation had sought full security precautions for its leader, but despite these measures he died on Sunday after three men had gunned him down outside his hotel.