The Arab League Council meeting in Cairo has approved a report urging Arab countries to "freeze their differences and unite their ranks".
The Arab League Council meeting in Cairo has approved a report urging Arab countries to "freeze their differences and unite their ranks". The move, approved on Thursday (14 September) is seen as a major attempt by members attending the meeting to resolve Arab differences over President Anwar Sadat's peace overtures to Israel. The meeting was boycotted by Syria, Algeria, Iraq, South Yemen, the Libyan Jamahiriyah and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, all of which oppose President Sadat's initiatives.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting began on Wednesday (13 September) with a warning from the Saudi Foreign Minister, Prince Saud A1-Faisal, that if attempts at the Camp David summit to reach a peaceful Middle East settlement were blocked by Israel, the Arab countries and the other world leaders would have to review the situation seriously. Delegates were told that the Arab countries had proved they were searching for a peaceful solution and were willing to take all risks for peace. The call for Arab unity followed this discussion.
The Council faced a full agenda for their three days of talks. Topics included a discussion of Arab and world developments, the Middle East crisis, and the situation in the Lebanon as well as the final key report on Arab reconciliation committee had been set up last March, and the resolution of the Council was intended to strengthen its work.