On Thursday (14 February), Arab leaders resumed their search for a speedy and peaceful settlement to Middle Eastern problems.
On Thursday (14 February), Arab leaders resumed their search for a speedy and peaceful settlement to Middle Eastern problems. Included on the agenda at the Algiers Summit Conference was a discussion on whether the oil embargo imposed on the Untied States should be lifted.
Algerian President Houari Boumedienne formally opened the two-day conference on Wednesday (13 February) and attended the second day's session in the company of King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. The other Arab Heads of State present at the People's Palace were Syria's President Hafez al-Assad, and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt. the four leaders had conferred privately before gathering for a full working session.
One outcome of the meeting is that two Arab Foreign Ministers will be sent to Washington and Paris to brief the United States' and French Governments on the results of the conference. According to Western newsmen in Algiers, Algerian resistance to lifting the U.S. oil embargo has not yet been overcome, and the decision to send the envoys to the two Western capitals seems to be an attempt to keep the dialogue between the Arabs and the Western World open -- both on oil and future Arab-Israeli peace efforts.
President Sadat has been the main advocate of lifting the oil restrictions on the United Stats, as a token of gratitude for American peace efforts in the Middle East. He h as been supported by King Faisal but Faisal favours only a partial lifting of the sanctions.