Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr Chedli Klibi has ben touring the Gulf States.
LV ZOOM INTO CU: Chedli Klibi down aircraft steps in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and greeted by Prince Saudi-Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs
SV PAN: Klibi and Prince Saudi Al-Faisal walk across tarmac
GV EXTERIOR: Palace
SV AND CU INTERIOR: Klibi seated and talking to King Khalid (2 shots)
SV EXTERIOR: Guards
CU AND SV INTERIOR: Klibi seated talking with Deputy Prime Minister Prince Abdullah (2 shots)
CU AND SV: Armed guard watches as Prince Saud Al-Faisal Minister of Foreign Affairs walks to aircraft with Klibi and shakes hands
CU: Flag on Klibi's car
SV AND LV: Klibi down aircraft steps and embraces Foreign Minister of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: Mr Klibi and Sheikh Sabah talking.
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Background: Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr Chedli Klibi has ben touring the Gulf States. ON Sunday (6 April) he held talks with King Khalid and other government leaders in Saudi Arabia before travelling to Kuwait where the met Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah.
SYNOPSIS: On his arrival in Riyadh Mr Klibi was greeted by Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud Al-Faisal. Their talks were on the eve of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat's visit to Washington for talks with President Carter on Palestinian autonomy. Chedli Klibi and Saudi leaders discussed the Egyptian-Israeli peace moves which have divided the Arab world.
At the Royal Palace Mr Klibi had an audience with King Khalid. During its summit meeting in Tunis on November, the Arab League made plans for an Arab diplomatic offensive on the Camp David accords.The aim of the offensive would be to convince world opinion of the need for a fresh round of Middle-East peace negotiations involving the Palestinians, the Arab States, Egypt, Israel and the United States.
Mr. Klibi talked to King Khalid and Second Deputy Prime Minister Prime Abdullah about the details of the offensive. Sixteen delegations, each consisting of three Ministers from various Arab countries, intend to visit a total of 120 states in North and South America and Asia.
In a newspaper interview on Tuesday (8 April) Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud said that peace moves between Egypt and Israel could lead to war rather than peace. He claimed President Sadat had allowed Israel to think it could get what it wanted while neutralising the West including United States.
Later on Sunday Mr Klibi flew to Kuwait for a meeting with Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah. Their talks covered the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Kuwait and Saudi Arabia believe the situation in Afghanistan is harmful to the Gulf states because it gives other superpowers an opportunity to intervene directly in the affairs of the Arab world. After his visit to Kuwait Mr Klibi went on to the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain.