The National Assembly of the new Federation of Arab Republics held its first session in Cairo this weekend(March 11/12) as leaders of the three member countries - Egypt, Syria and Libya - held summit talks aimed at strengthening the Arab front against Israel.
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Background: The National Assembly of the new Federation of Arab Republics held its first session in Cairo this weekend(March 11/12) as leaders of the three member countries - Egypt, Syria and Libya - held summit talks aimed at strengthening the Arab front against Israel.
President Anwar Sadat of Egypt briefed the other leaders, President Hafez El Assad of Syria and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya on his recent talks with King Feisal of Saudi Arabia and the Amir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al Sabah. President Assad was expected to provide a full account of Syria's recent clashes with Israel.
Simultaneously the 18-member Arab League met in Cairo to discuss, among other topics, American arms deliveries to Israel, and reports that a British company is building submarines for Israel.
SYNOPSIS: A new parliament - representing the Federation of Libya, Syria and Egypt - opened its first session this weekend. Under their Federation flag the sixty delegates met on Saturday for an internal business meeting: electing the Assembly Speaker and two deputies and hearing officials swear allegiance to the new organisation.
The new assembly opens at a time of intense activity among Arab leaders.
Colonel Gaddafi of Libya, President Sadat of Egypt and President Assed of Syria were to attend the parliament's first formal session on sunday; on Saturday they held summit-level talks to strengthen the Arab front against Israel. President Sadat had recently had talks with King Feisal of Saudi Arabia, and Sheikh Sabah of Kuwait. President Assad was expected to give details of Syria's recent clashes with Israel.
The Libya-Syria-Egypt Federation links 43-million people: almost half the Arab world - and as delegates took the oath of allegiance many saw the new assembly as a sign pointing to an even larger Arab community. A Libyan spokesman said it paved the way surely towards "the Pan-Arab Nation".
And as the new assembly opened ambassadors from 18 Arab League countries were also in Cairo, discussing question like America's supply of arms to Israel.