A delegation from The Socialist International, led by the Austrian Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, arrived in Cairo on Saturday (9 March) to begin a fact-finding tour of the Middle East.
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CHANCELLOR KRIESKY: "We are happy to be here, because we believed that there will be a good opportunity to establish contacts with the political institutions in your country. We want to know more about your country and your youth -- how to obtain a peaceful solution to the problems in the Middle East."
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Background: A delegation from The Socialist International, led by the Austrian Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky, arrived in Cairo on Saturday (9 March) to begin a fact-finding tour of the Middle East. The Socialist International groups socialist parties representing a total of more than 15 million members.
During their stay in Egypt, the twelve delegates and the Chancellor are to meet the Egyptian Vice-President, Mahmoud Fawzi, the Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi, as well as representatives of the Palestine Liberation Organisation. The First Secretary of the Arab Socialist Union, Dr. Mohamed Hafez Ghanem, welcomed the delegates to Cairo.
At the airport, Chancellor Kreisky said his delegation wanted to inspect the situation in the Middle East because they believed there was "a big chance for achieving peace."
The delegation is to go on to Jordan, Syria and Israel.