• Short Summary

    THE FIRST ISLAMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE CONCLUDED IN RABAT TONIGHT (THURSDAY) WITH A DECLARATION CALLING FOR RENEWED EFFORTS TO SECURE THE SPEEDY WITHDRAWAL OF ISRAELI MILITARY FORCES FROM ALL THE TERRITORIES OCCUPIED IN THE 1967 CONFLICT.

  • Description

    THE FIRST ISLAMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE CONCLUDED IN RABAT TONIGHT (THURSDAY) WITH A DECLARATION CALLING FOR RENEWED EFFORTS TO SECURE THE SPEEDY WITHDRAWAL OF ISRAELI MILITARY FORCES FROM ALL THE TERRITORIES OCCUPIED IN THE 1967 CONFLICT.

    ISSUED AFTER FOUR DAYS OF DEBATING, THE JOINT DECLARATION ALSO CONFIRMED THAT THE 25 PARTICIPATING MOSLEM STATES, PLUS THE MOSLEM COMMUNITY IN INDIA, WERE IN FULL SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF PALESTINE FOR THE RESTITUTION OF THEIR RIGHTS.

    THE DECLARATION WAS READ OUT TO THE CONFERENCE BY ITS SECRETARY, SOMALI FOREIGN MINISTER ELMI AHMED DUALE, AT THE FINAL SESSION WHICH LASTED 40 MINUTES. IT HAD BEEN ADOPTED UNANIMOUSLY AT A CLOSED SESSION EARLIER TODAY.

    THE CONFERENCE MEMBERS SAID THEY WERE FIRMLY DETERMINED TO REJECT ANY SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM OF PALESTINE WHICH WOULD DENY JERUSALEM THE STATUS IT HAD BEFORE JUNE, 1967.

    THEY URGED ALL GOVERNMENTS, PARTICULARLY THOSE OF FRANCE, THE SOVIET UNION, BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE DEEP ATTACHMENT OF THE FOLLOWERS OF ISLAM TO JERUSALEM AND THE SOLEMN RESOLVE OF THEIR GOVERNMENTS TO STRIVE FOR ITS LIBERATION.

    THE CONFERENCE REFERRED ALSO TO THE RECENT AL AQSA MOSQUE FIRE IN JERUSALEM, ISLAM'S THIRD HOLIEST SHRINE, WHICH HAD, THEY SAID, PLUNGED OVER SIX HUNDRED MILLION FOLLOWERS OF THE FAITH INTO THE DEEPEST ANGUISH. ACTS LIKE THIS HAD ONLY SERVED TO HEIGHTEN TENSION IN THE MIDDLE EAST GENERALLY.

    THE ENDING OF THE CONFERENCE HAD BEEN DELAYED BY A DISPUTE BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN OVER THE PRESENCE AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE INDIAN AMBASSADOR TO MOROCCO, MR. GURBACHAN SINGH, A SIKH. PAKISTAN'S PRESIDENT YAHYA KHAN REFUSED TO SIT AT THE SAME CONFERENCE TABLE WITH HIM, AND WAS REPORTEDLY SUPPORTED BY IRAN, JORDAN AND TURKEY. THE MATTER WAS RESOLVED WHEN INDIA, A LAST MINUTE INVITATION TO THE CONFERENCE, WITHDREW HER DELEGATE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA578VL721TGCW6JMLEBRNO1YMA
    Media URN:
    VLVA578VL721TGCW6JMLEBRNO1YMA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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