Mr. Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, has arrived in Cairo for urgent?
Mr. Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, has arrived in Cairo for urgent talks with the Egyptian President, Anwar Sadat, and other government officials on the position in Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Arafat cut short his visit to Guinea to fly to the meeting in Cairo on Monday (14 February). Other Palestinian leaders attending the talks with President Sadat were Mr. Abdul Mohsen Abu Maizar and Mr. Ribhi Awad, chief of the PLO bureau in the Egyptian capital.
They said that the Lebanese capital of Beirut was tense with the mainly Syrian Arab peace force of 30,000 men massed around Palestinian refugee camps. The force intervened last week in fighting between rival Palestinian commando groups, one of the gravest incidents in the last four months of ceasefire in Lebanon.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Kuwait from a committee established to supervise the truce in the Lebanese civil war In the war the Palestinians fought as allies of Lebanese leftists against right-wing Christians. For a time. Syrian troops fought alongside the right wing, before an Arab League mandate transformed them into peacekeepers. Mr. Arafat was assured by President Sadat that Egypt would make every effort to help ease the tension in Lebanon.
Mr. Arafat also met the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Mr. Ismail Fahmi. Afterwards Mr. Fahmi said that the Palestinian leader, who later left for an undisclosed destination, would soon return to Cairo to continues discussions about the proposed resumption of the Geneva Middle East peace conference.Palestinian sources in Cairo said that Mr. Arafat was asked to return to Lebanon to deal with the Deteriorating situation." The Palestinian command was working to avert "a possible explosion in the Lebanon," the sources said.