An emergency meeting of the Executive Council of the Arab Health Minister was held at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday ( 5 November).
An emergency meeting of the Executive Council of the Arab Health Minister was held at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo, Egypt, on Wednesday ( 5 November). The meeting was convened in response to a call from the League's Secretary General, Mr.El Sayed Mahmoud Riad, to consider sending urgent relief from Arab countries to Lebanon.
The Executive Council under the chairmanship of Dr. Ezzat Mustafa, the Iraqi Minister of Health,is understood to have considered a plan to cover Lebanon's need for manpower and technical aid in view of the deteriorating conditions of the wounded left by the factional fighting in Beirut. The Council comprises the Health ministers of Egypt, Kuwait, Iraq, Algeria and a representative of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO).
Earlier in the week Mr. Mahmoud Riad had conferred with representatives of Syria and Lebanon to consider the possible role the Arab League might play in resolving the situation in Lebanon. Observers in Cairo believe that although Syria has supported the Palestinian Commandos,who have been fighting with the Moslem left-wingers in Beirut, the Syrians have no interest in allowing the conflict to escalate.
At an emergency meeting in October, the Arab League warned Israel not to exploit the strife in Lebanon for its own ends. The statement also said that "foreign involvement" was responsible for the bloodshed. The League called on the warring Lebanese factions to exercise restraint.