The intense diplomatic activity that followed the Egyptian-Israeli ceasefire agreement continued on Thursday (November 15th), as President Anwar Sadat received Foreign Ministers from Ethiopia and Morocco.
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Background: The intense diplomatic activity that followed the Egyptian-Israeli ceasefire agreement continued on Thursday (November 15th), as President Anwar Sadat received Foreign Ministers from Ethiopia and Morocco.
Arab Heads-of-State will meet in Algiers on November 26th, following a preparatory Foreign Ministers meeting there two days earlier. Cairo's influential newspaper Al Ahram said there would be one l???ue on the summit agenda: the battle. But, it added, the Foreign Ministers will deal with a four-point agenda concentrating on "unifying Arab action during the next stage."
Egyptian ideas on both short-and long-range action they would like to see emerging from the talks were outlined by Al Ahram's economic's editor. They included the use of Arab currency deposits abroad to buy arms and essential supplies, and to establish arms factories on Arab soil; rejection of the U.S. dollars as legal tender in oil transactions; the "industrialisation" of Arab oil by establishing petrochemical industries in Arab countries.
Although few details emerged from President Sadat's talks with the Ethiopian and Moroccan envoys, oil cut-backs were understood to be an important point. Ethiopian Foreign Minister Menassah Haile, brought a personal message from Emperor Haile Selassie, who is expected to visit Cairo shortly. Ethiopia has taken a strong stand in backing the Arab cause, recently severing diplomatic relations with Israel.
Moroccan Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Benhima brought a personal message from King Hassan II, who will attend the Algiers summit.
SYNOPSIS: At the home of Egypt's President Sadat, Ethiopian Foreign Minister Menassah Haile presented a personal message from Emperor Haile Selassie. Ethiopia has strongly backed the Arab cause, recently severing relations with Israel.
An Egyptian newspaper quoted the Ethiopian Minister as saying that his country would maintain an economic and political boycott of Israel until it withdrew from all Arab lands. The Minister also said Egypt's Red Sea blockade of Israel was justified.
President Sadat later received Moroccan Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohammad Benhima, who brought a personal message from King Hassan. With the Arab Heads-of-State Summit conference due in Algiers late in November, President Sadat is rallying support for his decision to agree to a ceasefire with Israel.