Dr. M.T. Mehdi, Secretary-General of the Action Committee on America-Arab Relations, called at the White?
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"We are concerned with peace in the Middle East, and in our opinion, the White House here is the seat of power and the road to peace in the Middle East. We have requested President Nixon to change the totality of American policy towards the Middle East much as he changed American policy towards China. Israel is America's promotion in the middle east, and America should bypass Israel and develop its ties with the Arab people. We have requested the Arab governments, who are today meeting in Kuwait, to change their attitude towards the United States. Arab Governments should have confidence in the American people. They should change their outlook and recognise that only (a) basic change in American policy will force Israel to recognise the legitimate rights of the Arab people of Palestine."
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Background: Dr. M.T. Mehdi, Secretary-General of the Action Committee on America-Arab Relations, called at the White House on Friday (18 November) to talk with President Nixon on relations between the US and Arab States.
Earlier this week, Tunisia called for the US to intervene in the Middle East crisis to prevent further deterioration of the tense situation between Israel and the Arab nations. But the Action Committee want America to go further - to abandon her support of Israel and forge strong links with the Arabs.
Dr. Mehdi said, as he left the White House: