In the past week, Arab leaders have been stepping up their efforts to co-ordinate a united approach to reconvening the Middle East Geneva peace conference.
In the past week, Arab leaders have been stepping up their efforts to co-ordinate a united approach to reconvening the Middle East Geneva peace conference. Last week Egypt's Vice-President, Mr. Hosni Mubarak, visited five Middle East countries to meet leaders, and now Saudi Arabia's second deputy Prime Minister, Prince Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz, is visiting Egypt.
SYNOPSIS: Prince Abdullah arrived in Cairo on Sunday (9 October) for a five-day visit and Egypt's Prime Minister Mamdouh Salem was first to greet him.
During a meeting at the Egyptian cabinet offices in Cairo, the two men were to discuss the Middle East view on the joint Soviet-American call for reconvening the Geneva peace conference, and other topics relating to Middle East development. Saudi Arabia was one of the countries that Egyptian Vice-President Hosni Mubarak visited last week.
Later Prince Abdullah and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat met and held talks at President Sadat's home.
Around the time meeting, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi was telling an Egyptian television reporter in New York the resumption of the Peace conference in December was "uncertain" Also on the same day, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisel said peace was not possible if Israel would not recognise Palestinian rights.
After their talks, neither leader made any statement, but Palestinian participation at a reconvened conference was discussed, as it will be when the Prince meets Syrian and Jordanian leads later in the week.