President Sadat of the United arab Republic hosted an Arab summit meeting which began on Wednesday (20 Jan.) in the Kubbeh Palace in Cairo, and was attended by leaders from Libya, Sudan, Syria, and the U.
President Sadat of the United arab Republic hosted an Arab summit meeting which began on Wednesday (20 Jan.) in the Kubbeh Palace in Cairo, and was attended by leaders from Libya, Sudan, Syria, and the U.A.R.
Tight secrecy has so far surrounded the talks, on the Middle East crisis, although there are signs that Palestinian objections to a political settlement may be weakening.
After a three-hour opening session of talks, Egypt's President Anwar Sadat, General Gaafar El Nimeiry of Sudan, Colonel Muammer El Gaddafy of Libya, and Lieutenant General Hafez Al Assad of Syria arranged a second round of talks for Thursday (21 Jan.).
President Sadat and the other three states in the summit - the first since the four decided to set up a federation last November--insist on positive moves leading to Israeli withdrawal before considering a cease-fire.
The Egyptian envoy to the United Nations, Mr. Mohammed Hassan El Zayat, has submitted a six-point memorandum with this as the number one condition for making peace with the Israelis.
Egypt has also proposed a big-power force to safeguard secure borders between Israel and its Arab neighbours.
A statement issues in Cairo on Wednesday (20 Jan.) by an official of the Central Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organisation appeared to give the green light to Egyptian efforts to find a political solution.
He confirmed a story printed in "Al Ahram", the authoritative Cairo newspaper saying that the Palestinians had decided to drop their objection to moves by Arab Governments towards a political settlement.