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    The Arab League's Secretary General Mahmoud Rial asked permanent Arab delegates to a meeting at the League's headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday (10 January).

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    The Arab League's Secretary General Mahmoud Rial asked permanent Arab delegates to a meeting at the League's headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday (10 January).

    The Arab league was designed 30 years ago to strengthen the ties between Arab countries and coordinate policies - and there were several pressing issues to be discussed. The same day as the meeting the Cairo weekly newspaper El-Yom accused the ruling Syrian Baath Party and the Syrian backed Saiqa Commando group of responsibility for the latest fighting in the Lebanon.

    Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam was reported to have told a Kuwaiti newspaper that Syria would annex Lebanon if any moves went ahead to partition the country. The Cairo newspaper said it was the first time an Arab country had threatened to annex another Arab country and that Khaddam's statement was a violation of the Arab League charter.

    Saturday's meeting was originally called to discuss the forthcoming Arab-European meeting. A delegation from the European Economic Community met the Arab League's Secretary in Cairo in December. The European side wanted the first meeting to be held at ambassadorial level before Foreign Ministers meet.

    The European delegation also suggested the first meeting of the Arab-European general committee should be confined to economic matters.

    SYNOPSIS: The Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, where permanent Arab delegates met on Saturday. The Arab League was instituted thirty years ago to strengthen the ties between Arab countries and coordinate policies -- and there were several pressing issues to be discussed on Saturday. The same day the Cairo weekly newspaper El-Yom accused the ruling Syrian Baath Party and the Syrian backed Saiqa commando group of responsibility for the latest round of fighting in the Lebanon.

    Syrian Foreign Minister Abdel-Halim Khaddam was reported to have told a Kuwaiti newspaper that Syria would annex Lebanon if any moves went ahead to partition the country. The Cairo newspaper said Khaddam's statement was a violation of the Arab League charter and the first time one Arab country had threatened to annex another.

    Saturday's gathering was originally planned to discuss the forthcoming Arab-European meeting. A delegation from the European Economic Community met the Arab League's Secretary in Cairo in December. The European side suggested the first meeting of the Arab-European general committee should be confined to economic matters.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA647Z3G4EYXANHF7KR8V6QNNPP
    Media URN:
    VLVA647Z3G4EYXANHF7KR8V6QNNPP
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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