The Economic and Finance Ministers of twenty Arab states have been meeting in the Syrian capital, Damascus, this week for the Twenty-first session of the Arab Economic Council.
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SV Delegates listening to Arab League Secretary-General Riad's speech.
GV Riad speaking to delegates.
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Background: The Economic and Finance Ministers of twenty Arab states have been meeting in the Syrian capital, Damascus, this week for the Twenty-first session of the Arab Economic Council.
The council is a committee of the Arab League, designed to compare and co-ordinate the economic policies of member states.
Opening the Council's meeting on Saturday (6 December) Arab League Secretary-General , Mr. Mahmoud Riad, told members that they should assume full responsibility for the co-ordination and direction of common Arab economic policy in all fields. He stressed the importance of strengthening co-operation and called on Arab states to form a full economic union.
Mr. Raid described the dialogue between the Arab world and western Europe as extremely useful, saying that the european side were prepared to look at the issues raised by Arab states as an integrated whole.
He also emphasised the importance of economic co-ordination as a factor promoting a unified defence ability among Arab nations...a comment echoed by a number of Council members at later stages in their four-day discussions.
SYNOPSIS: The People's Assembly Building in the Syrian capital, Damascus...where last weekend finance ministers from twenty Arab states began the Twenty-first session of the joint Arab Economic Council.
Members heard Arab League Secretary-General Mahmoud Riad stress the importance of a common economic policy for the interests of all member states.
The Council is one of the Arab League's most effective committees, responsible for the comparison and co-ordination of financial policies. Mr. Riad called on Arab states to form a full economic union, and emphasised that this would help promote a strong and unified defence force. Referring to the Arab dialogue with Europe, he said this enabled Arab states to get their ideas across in the west in an integral manner.