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    THE 25 MOSLEM NATIONS MEETING IN RABAT ON THE SECOND DAY OF THEIR ISLAMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE YESTERDAY DECIDED TO INVITE INDIA TO TAKE PART IN THEIR DISCUSSION AS A FULL PARTICIPANT.

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    Background: THE 25 MOSLEM NATIONS MEETING IN RABAT ON THE SECOND DAY OF THEIR ISLAMIC SUMMIT CONFERENCE YESTERDAY DECIDED TO INVITE INDIA TO TAKE PART IN THEIR DISCUSSION AS A FULL PARTICIPANT.

    INDIA HAS SOME 60 MILLION MOSLEMS IN HER TOTAL POPULATION OF ABOUT 520 MILLION. CONFERENCE OFFICIALS EARLIER EXPLAINED HER ABSENCE SAYING THAT ONLY COUNTRIES WITH MOSLEM MAJORITY POPULATIONS HAD BEEN INVITED.

    THE PALESTINE LIBERATION ORGANISATION (PLO) -- WHICH GROUPS SEVERAL PALESTINIAN COMMANDO ORGANISATIONS -- WAS ALSO ADMITTED AS AN OBSERVER TO THE SUMMIT YESTERDAY (23 SEPTEMBER).

    THE DECISION TO ADMIT INDIA WAS TAKEN BY THE CONFERENCE AT THE SUGGESTION OF KING FEISAL OF SAUDI ARABIA. THE ONE TO ADMIT THE PLO WAS ON A PROPOSAL FROM THEIR ALGERIAN DELEGATION LED BY PRESIDENT HOUARI BOUMEDIENNE.

    LATER IN THE DAY THE CONFERENCE DISCUSSED A NEW AGENDA OF SEVEN POINTS BROADENING THE SCOPE OF THE MEETING TO INCLUDE THE PALESTINE PROBLEM.

    AFTER A LONG SECRET SESSION A SPOKESMAN SAID THAT THE NEW AGENDA INCLUDED DISCUSSION OF ISRAEL WITHDRAWAL FROM ALL OCCUPIED TERRITORIES AND THE QUESTION OF WIDER ISLAMIC SUPPORT FOR THE PALESTINE LIBERATION.

    THE DECISION TO DISCUSS THE BROADER ASPECTS AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE PALESTINE ISSUE WAS SEEN BY OBSERVERS AS A SUCCESS FOR ARAB MILITANTS. BUT IT WAS UNDERSTOOD THAT THE DEBATE BROUGHT OUT SHARP DIFFERENCES OF OPINION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3009Z5D5G3C4LNSPO6XYOJFIH
    Media URN:
    VLVA3009Z5D5G3C4LNSPO6XYOJFIH
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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