Luxembourg's Prime Minister, Monsieur Gaston Thorn, said on Tuesday (18 May) that the vital interests of the Arab world and Western Europe called for the two regions to work more closely together.
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Background: Luxembourg's Prime Minister, Monsieur Gaston Thorn, said on Tuesday (18 May) that the vital interests of the Arab world and Western Europe called for the two regions to work more closely together.
Monsieur Thorn, speaking on behalf of the nine-nation European Common Market (EEC), made the remark while opening three days of talks in Luxembourg between the Community and the Arab League on political and economic issues.
The meeting, the first of the "General Committee" in the so-called Euro-Arab dialogue, will work towards creating special institutional links between Arab countries and the EEC, Monsieur Thorn said.
The Prime Minister, current Chairman of the Community's Council of Ministers, said the objective of the two-year-old dialogue was to get a more balanced economic order in relations between Arab countries and Western Europe.
The idea for the dialogue was conceived in the wake of the 1973 Arab-Israeli war and the subsequent Arab oil embargo, but little progress has been made until recently. Earlier advances have been hampered by political problems -- in particular the question of EEC recognition of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
The way was cleared last year for the "General Committee" session by a formula which allows Palestinian representatives to participate in the single Arab League delegation without being identified individually as such.