The leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Mr. Yasser Arafat, has been visiting Arab?
The leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) Mr. Yasser Arafat, has been visiting Arab and African countries to discuss the latest Middle East situation, particularly in Lebanon.
SYNOPSIS: On Thursday (4 November), Mr. Arafat arrived in Nouackchott where he was greeted by the Mauritanian head-of-state, President Moktar Ould Daddah. President Ould Daddah is a supporter of the Palestinian cause in Africa, and Mr. Arafat praised the work he and the Mauritanian people had done in supporting the Palestinians. Speaking about the PLO's prospects in 1977, Mr. Arafat said although he did not despair of diplomatic ways, the organisation would always be ready to fight if necessary.
The following day (5 November), Mr. Arafat was in Cairo for talks with the Egyptian leader, President Anwar Sadat. He was accompanied by the head of the PLO's political wing, Mr. Farouk Kaddoumi. The PLO leaders said they were upset at the appointment of Lebanese Colonel Ahmed Al-Haj as commander of the peace-keeping force in Lebanon.
They said the appointment of a Lebanese officer to the post had been a clear violation of the Riyadh peace agreement. The Palestinian leaders have appealed for reconsideration of the decision saying the Riyadh agreement stipulated that the force's leader should not be Lebanese.