Members of the Arab League have announced there will be no meetings held at the League's Cairo headquarters until Egypt calls off its talks with Israel.
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Background: Members of the Arab League have announced there will be no meetings held at the League's Cairo headquarters until Egypt calls off its talks with Israel. And on Wednesday (8 November) Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was quoted as saying a quick agreement on a peace treaty with Israel may not be possible because of Egypt's desire for an overall Middle East settlement.
SYNOPSIS: The Arab League headquarters has been the symbol of efforts being made to secure unified Arab approaches to issues common to its members. Ant it has been the seat of major conference to consolidate a united Arab front. But now even the building itself reflects the division between its host country Egypt and other members of the League, over the peace negotiations with Israel. The League says they will not meet there until the talks are called off.
If a treaty is signed, the Arab leaders have agreed to permanently withdraw the headquarters of the League from Cairo. This is part of a programme adopted at the recent Baghdad summit to isolate Egypt if it comes through the proposed treaty with Israel. Already activity has virtually ceased at the headquarters.