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    At a meeting of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday (17 January), the representatives of nine member-countries discussed the Arab-European dialogue.

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    GV National Assembly Building in Cairo.
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    SV Delegates walking into hall.
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    SV Palestine delegation seated ZOOM INTO flag.
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    SV Egyptian delegation PAN TO GV conference table.
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    SV Kuwaiti delegation
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    SV Jordanian delegation seated.
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    SV General Secretary of Union, Fawzy el Omda, addressing delegates and delegates listening. (4 shots)
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    At the National Assembly building in Cairo on Saturday, there was a meeting of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union. Among the delegates was Mr. El Fahoum, the Chairman of the palestine National Assembly. The meeting was to discuss developments in the continuing "dialogue" between the Arab countries and the European Common Market.



    The delegates were keen to discuss the formation of specialised study teams on such subjects as industry, agriculture, and scientific research and technology.



    The first session was officially opened by the Union's Secretary-General, Mr. El Sayed Fawzy el Omda. The most urgent topic to be discussed was that of the areas of disagreement between the Arab side and the Common Market negotiators. On several subjects the "dialogue" is deadlocked.



    The Arab countries still want sweeping one way trade concessions from the Common market, in exchange for channelling Arab oil dollars into Europe. The last major meeting between the two sides took place in Abu Dhabi last November. The Arabs had rejected the Community's suggestion that the transfer of European technological know-how would represent a fair exchange for Arab investment. This meeting was to plan a unified approach.




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    Background: At a meeting of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday (17 January), the representatives of nine member-countries discussed the Arab-European dialogue. The main objective of the meeting was to lay down a unified Arab plan which would serve as a base for the dialogue with the European Economic Community.

    The developments in the "dialogue" which the delegates were most keen to discuss were the convocation of the General Committee later this month, the formation of specialised study teams on such subjects as industry, agriculture, and scientific research and technology.

    However, the most urgent topic to be discussed was that of the areas of disagreement between the Arab side and the Common Market negotiators. On several subjects the "dialogue" is deadlocked. The Arab countries still want sweeping one-way trade concessions from the Common Market, in exchange for channelling Arab oil dollars to Europe.

    At the last major meeting between the two sides which took place in Abu Dhabi in November, the Arabs were asking for the total abolition of duties, and other barriers to trade on all Arab exports, without any reciprocal concessions by the Arab countries. The Community were also to introduce a system to stabilise all Arab exports, as well as promote and diversify Arab exports through technical assistance, training programmes and trade fairs.

    The Arabs rejected the Community's suggestion that transfers of European know-how and technology which had been agreed during the "dialogue" would represent a fair exchange for Arab investment. The Arabs pointed out that such technology would have to come from private industry, so they would be paying for it in any case.

    Since that last meeting in Abu Dhahi little has changed. The current meeting of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union is intended to thrash out a unified approach before the next round of the "dialogue" which is due to take place in Cairo next month.

    Saturday's first session was opened by the Union's Secretary-General, El Sayed Fawzy el Omda. Among the other delegates attending the conference wee El Sayed Mohamed Aly El Halaby, the Speaker of the Syrian Assembly, El Sayed Bahjat el Talhuny, the Speaker of the Jordanian House of Notables, El Sayed Khaled El Fahoum, the Chairman of the palestinian National Assembly, and El Sayed Ahmed el Saadun, the Deputy Speaker of the Kuwait National Assembly.

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    Film ID:
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    Media URN:
    VLVA7IVVDQ19PDBC6EEJ76J5T62BS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
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    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/01/1976
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    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:25:00
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