A six-member Arab League delegation headed by Iraq's Foreign Affairs Minister, Hamid Alwan, arrived in New Delhi on Friday (25 April) at the start of a four-day official visit.
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Background: A six-member Arab League delegation headed by Iraq's Foreign Affairs Minister, Hamid Alwan, arrived in New Delhi on Friday (25 April) at the start of a four-day official visit. At the Arab League summit meeting in Tunis last November plans were drawn up for an Arab League diplomatic offensive on the Camp David accords. The delegation now in India is one of sixteen which are to visit a total of 120 countries in North and South America and Asia in an effort to convince world opinion of the need for a fresh round of Mid-East peace negotiations involving the Palestinians, the Arab States, Egypt, Israel and the United States.
SYNOPSIS: On Saturday (26 April) the delegation called on Indian Prime Minister Mrs Indira Gandhi and later met Foreign Minister Narashimah Rao. India is a strong supporter of PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) demands for a Palestinian homeland. Last month the Indian government accorded full diplomatic status to the PLO mission in Delhi and during Yasser Arafat's recent visit to the country, the PLO leader was greeted as an official head of government.
After leaving India the Arab League delegation will go on to Nepal, China, Indonesia and Japan. In these countries the delegation will concentrate on gaining recognition of the PLO as the sole representative of the Palestinian people.