Islamic officials met in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday (18 February) to draft the agenda for the 30-nation Islamic Summit Conference starting on Friday (22 February).
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Background: Islamic officials met in Lahore, Pakistan, on Monday (18 February) to draft the agenda for the 30-nation Islamic Summit Conference starting on Friday (22 February).
The officials -- meeting in the Punjab Assembly where the main Summit Conference will be held -- dealt with a list of items, including resolutions on the Palestinian cause, the liberation of the city of Jerusalem, and the admission of new members.
The draft agenda contained resolutions, recommending that the Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Cameroun, the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, Uganda and Upper Volta be admitted to the Islamic Secretariat -- the main Islamic administrative organisation.
Favourable consideration was also recommended for Guinea-Bissau, which has declared its independence from Portugal.
The agenda was to be finalised at a meeting of islamic Foreign Ministers scheduled to start the next day. The Ministers -- or their heads of state -- were expected to make the final decisions on the conference topics and how they would be presented.
The second Islamic Summit conference -- to run three days -- is expected to formulate a Joint Moslem stand on key Middle East issues, such as the use of the Arab oil weapon and the liberation of Israeli-occupied territories in the negotiations for a lasting Middle East peace.
The Summit will be attended by 10 Moslem African nations -- most of which broke off diplomatic relations with Israeli before or during the Arab-Israeli war in October last year.
Lahore's main airport will be closed for four days from Wednesday (20 February) to all aircraft except those bringing in Summit Conference delegates.
Thousands of police, army and security forces have been posted around Lahore, a city of two million inhabitants in the Punjab Plains.