A five-man parliamentary delegation from the Federation of Arab Republics arrived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Thursday (17 January) for a two-day visit.
A five-man parliamentary delegation from the Federation of Arab Republics arrived in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Thursday (17 January) for a two-day visit. The delegation -- composed of representatives from Libya, Egypt and Syria -- is on an African tour thanking countries that supported the Arabs in the October Middle East War and promoting increased co-operation between Africans and Arabs.
They were welcomed by Mr. Arsene Usher Assouan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Ivory Coast and M. phillips Yace, the President of the National Assembly and the Secretary-General of the Democratic Party of the Ivory Coast. The Arabs also met with a number of other government ministers during their stay.
The Ivory Coast had been a strong supporter of Israel. There had been a concentration of Israeli investment in the Ivory Coast, particularly in tourism. Then, in November 1973, after the October Arab-Israeli conflict, the Ivory Coast broke off relations with Israel and sided with the Arab nations.
The Arab delegation thanked the Ivory Coast Government for its support and went on to discuss economic and technical aid and investment opportunities.
The Ivory Coast is currently building two massive dams, the San Pedro and the Kossou. Both are at the peak stage of capital investment and the next few years could be economically tight unless it receives assistance. The President of the Ivory Coast, M. Felix Houphouet-Boigny, re-affirmed his country's decision to support the Arab states rather than Israel.
At a press conference before leaving Abidjan, the head of the Arab delegation, Mr. Mohamed Tahar Hadad of Syria, said that the agreement between Egypt and Israel to disengage their troops does not affect the oil embargo.
The delegation, which had been to nigeria, Dahomey, Togo and Ghana before arriving in the Ivory Coast, left Abidjan for Liberia.