Arab Foreign Minister began talks in Algiers on Saturday (November 24) to decide their terms for a Middle East peace and how to use the 'oil weapon' to further Arab aims.
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Background: Arab Foreign Minister began talks in Algiers on Saturday (November 24) to decide their terms for a Middle East peace and how to use the 'oil weapon' to further Arab aims.
The outcome of the discussions will be crucial to the peace negotiations between the Arabs and Israel, expected to begin next month, and the countries who are already feeling the oil shortage.
The Foreign Ministers are working out the agenda for their heads of state who meet on Monday (26 November). The leaders of most of the 18 Arab League countries are expected at the talks. Representatives from Mauritania will act as observers.
The Palestinian Liberation Organisation are also sending a delegation. The interests of Palestinians is one of the toughest problems in a peace agreement, but the presence of the Palestinian delegation may keep king Hussein of Jordan away. His army has had several battles with Palestinian Commandos. The King has not yet replied to the invitation, but his Foreign Minister is in Algiers.
Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and Iraq's President Ahmed Hassan Al-Bakr have refused to attend the summit. They both criticised the Middle East ceasefire and they believe the summit will not help the Arab cause.
King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporting country, has said his country will continue to sell less oil until Israel leaves Arab land. But there are reports that some Arab countries think the oil weapon is being used to vigorously. Observers expect difficult discussions on the subject.