On the II of July 1959, the Lebanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs submitted a proposal to all the Arab Governments for the convening of an Arab Experts meeting on the question of Palestine to discuss in detail Mr.
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Background: On the II of July 1959, the Lebanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs submitted a proposal to all the Arab Governments for the convening of an Arab Experts meeting on the question of Palestine to discuss in detail Mr. Hammarskjold's report on the Palestine Refugees and to put forward Common Arab recommendations concerning the report. The said meeting was meant to be a preparation for the discussion of the Report in the Conference of the Arab Countries concerning Palestine, or in the Council of the Arab League to be held on the first of September. The Ministry has also proposed that the meeting be held in one of the Lebanese Summer reports during the first week of August. Lebanon's aim of this invitation is a thorough study of the Report by experts on the Palestine question to enable the Arab States to coordinate their views of the Report and to enable them to take common stand in the international field and in the United Nations.
All the Arab Governments, with the exception of Tunis, accepted the invitation. Some of them thought that a meeting of the host countries alone would be better. Finally, and after a clarification on the aims of the invitation was made to all the Arab Governments, it was decided that the meeting be held for all the Arab states. The Arab League had already been informed of Lebanon's proposal, and it accordingly issued invitations to member states, to take part in the meeting which was going to be held on the first of August. But the Iraqi Government requested that the meeting be postponed until the eight of August. Lebanon, the Secretariat of the Arab League and all the Arab-Governments agreed to the postponement. It was decided that the meeting be held on that day at the Grand Hotel in Sofar.