The leaders of Egypt, Syria and Libya held summit talks in Cairo this weekend to discuss the current Arab stand against Israel.
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Background: The leaders of Egypt, Syria and Libya held summit talks in Cairo this weekend to discuss the current Arab stand against Israel. The meeting, held as the National Assembly of the Federation linking their countries held its first session, brought together Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, President Hafez El Assad of Syria and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. It was described as one of the most important such gatherings for some time. Simultaneously ambassadors from 18 Arab League countries were meeting in Cairo to discuss matters of common interest like the supply of arms from America to Israel.
SYNOPSIS: The Cairo headquarters of the new Federation of Arab Republics where ministers of the three member countries, Egypt, Syria and Libya met this weekend to strengthen their common front against Israel. Egypt's War Minister General Sadek, the Premier, Dr Sidky, and Vice-President Mahmoud Fawzi were followed into the building by President Sadat and his other vice-President Hussein El Shafei.
President Hafez El Assad of Syria, next to arrive, was expected to give details of Syria's recent clashes with Israel.
Libya's Colonel Gaddafi was the third national leader attending the summit talks. Together he and the two presidents represent 43-million people - almost half the Arab world.
The three men met briefly in private on Saturday as President Sadat briefed his two partners in the Federation about his recent talks with King Facial of Saudi Arabia and Sheikh Sabah El Sabah of Kuwait. An issue expected to be prominent in Sunday's discussions was how to strengthen the Palestine resistance.