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    Arab foreign ministers decided on Friday (October 15) to postpone a full-scale Arab summit on Lebanon until the results were known of a preliminary meeting in Saudi Arabia on Sunday (17 October).

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    Arab foreign ministers decided on Friday (October 15) to postpone a full-scale Arab summit on Lebanon until the results were known of a preliminary meeting in Saudi Arabia on Sunday (17 October).

    SYNOPSIS: The foreign ministers met in Cairo, the Egyptian capital, to discuss the proposed summit, which was put in doubt because Syria announced it was sending Foreign Minister Abdel Halim Khaddam instead of President Hafez Al-Assad. It was reported that President Anwar Sadat of Egypt threatened to stay away if President Assad did not attend the proposed meeting.

    Further doubt was cast on the proposed summit when it was announced that Saudi Arabia was convening a meeting to deal with the Lebanese crisis. Representatives from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation -- the PLO -- were due to meet in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on Sunday after a settlement of objections raised by Syria over who should take part. The Riyadh meeting gave new impetus to Arab efforts to engineer a solution to the 18-month Lebanese crisis, according to reports.

    The Cairo meeting was chaired by Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib El Chatti, but only about half of the 21 members of the Arab League sent foreign ministers to the meeting, reportedly reflecting misgivings over the prospects of a summit being held soon.

    Mr. Chatti said the meeting decided that because of the Riyadh gathering, it would be impossible to start the full summit on Sunday (17 October), the date originally fixed. He said he did not think the Riyadh summit would rule out the need for a full summit. Arab diplomats said it was hoped a possible solution to the Lebanese crisis could be agreed in Riyadh, and later ratified by the full summit.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8WIGFD5649A2ISWR4ZLJ814B8
    Media URN:
    VLVA8WIGFD5649A2ISWR4ZLJ814B8
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/10/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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