Stated to have cost more than GBP325,000, the new nine-storey high Arab League headquarters in Liberty Square, Cairo, Egypt, was inaugurated Mar 22.
GV.PAN. New headquarters of Arab League.
SV. Band playing.
SCU. Ministers representing members of League.
LV. Tunisian flag raised by Abdelkhalek Hassouna.
CU. Mr. Hassouna.
LV. Lebanese flag raised.
LV. Saudi Minister to UAR raises flag.
SCU. Flags flying.
GV. Arab League Building.
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Background: Stated to have cost more than GBP325,000, the new nine-storey high Arab League headquarters in Liberty Square, Cairo, Egypt, was inaugurated Mar 22. As a military band played the national anthems, flags of the ten member States were hoisted by their envoys.
The flag of Tunisia - which country at present has no diplomatic relations with the United Arab Republic - was raised by the League's Secretary-General, Abdelkhalek Hassouna.
Made available to the League in 1954, the site was the former British 'Kasr Nil Barracks'. Construction on the building - said to be a smaller replica of the United Nations building in New York - began the following year, but was subject to several delays.
League secretariat offices have hitherto been centred in and around a somewhat dilapidated old palace in the Bab-el-Louk district of Cairo.