The Arab summit conference in Algeria has agreed to give full practical and moral backing to Egypt and Syria when they meet Israel in negotiations to seek a lasting peace in the Middle East.
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Background: The Arab summit conference in Algeria has agreed to give full practical and moral backing to Egypt and Syria when they meet Israel in negotiations to seek a lasting peace in the Middle East.
The announcement -- seen as a striking gesture of Arab solidarity -- came on Tuesday (November 27), the second day of the secret talks, after President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and President Hafez Assad of Syria had briefed the Heads of State on their policy for peace talks.
The conference agreed unanimously, with the exception of the Jordanian delegate, to recognise the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, headed by commando leader, Yasser Arafat, as the sole legal representative of the Palestinian people. The decision could have dramatic effects on the Arab world. King Hussein of Jordan has announced that he would not attend the proposed Middle East peace conference in Geneva on December 18th, if the summit conference backed the P.L.O.
Among the other major decisions officially announced was a halt to further cuts in oil deliveries to Japan and the Philippines because of their policy changes in favour of the Arabs.
The important decisions of the conference have mostly been kept secret. But foreign correspondents said the conference resolutions cover a host of topics on military preparedness, economic policy, oil, and other measures to make the Arabs a powerful world force.
Correspondents said the summit showed the strength of the new Arab solidarity, and was marked by a tendency to gloss over the strains caused by the Jordan-Palestine problem and the disagreement of Libya and Iraq with the Middle East ceasefire. Both Libya and Iraq boycotted the three-day summit, attended by 16 Arab nations as well as the Palestinians.