The European Common Market came under attack during the opening of the Euro-Arab dialogue meeting in Tunisia on Thursday (10 February).
The European Common Market came under attack during the opening of the Euro-Arab dialogue meeting in Tunisia on Thursday (10 February). Arab League countries criticised the EEC for what they termed its "fundamentally negative" policy on a Middle East settlement.
SYNOPSIS: It's the second time the general committee has met since the dialogue was established three years ago. The delegates are drawn from the EEC and the Arab League. The subjects to be discussed include an Arab request for preferential trade concessions to all Arab states, guarantees for Arab investments in Europe and the joint financing of development projects in Arab countries. The dialogue grew out of the oil crisis that followed the 1973 Arab-Israel was as the EEC sought to improve its relations with the Arab states, particularly the oil-producing nations on whom they so much depend.
The Arab attack on the community resulted from an EEC decision not to publish a declaration on the Middle East conflict. The Arabs warned that this could damage discussions.