In the absence of his father, Moroccan Crown Prince Moulay Hassan opened the Arab League Council meeting in Casablanca, Morocco, September 1.
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Background: In the absence of his father, Moroccan Crown Prince Moulay Hassan opened the Arab League Council meeting in Casablanca, Morocco, September 1. Reading hi father's speech of welcome, the Prince said, "We are certain that the blood spilled in the Algerian cause is not in vain and that this struggle will be crowned with success".
The King proposed a conference of heads of Arab states to examine the new responsibilities of the League and decide ways of solving the problems, internal and external, facing the Arab world.
The League's Secretary-General, Abdul Khalek Hassouna, of the U.A.R., said in his opening speech, "I repeat out determination to assert Palestine's sacred rights and to continue our struggle against Zionist expansionism".
Eight countries have representatives at the Council meeting - Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, U.A.R. and Yemen. The recent resumption of diplomatic ties between Jordan and U.A.R. probably had some bearing on the former's attendance. Two other Arab League countries still with differences with U.A.R. - Tunisia and Iraq - were not present.
Tunisia withdrew her delegation from a meeting last year after the League Council accused Tunisia of "an attitude incompatible with Arab unity". Kassem-Iraq regards the League as a Nasser tool and, with the present enmity between the two countries, declined to attend.
Algeria and Palestine are the principal subjects for the League's discussions. It is thought the League is trying to cause a stir in order to influence the forthcoming U.N. Algeria debate.