The third Islamic Conference opened on Tuesday (29 February) at the Palace Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
GV Jeddah Palace Hotel
GV INT. Delegates seated
SV Delegates from Jordan & Iran
MV PAN Translators
SV Committee member
CU Symbol of conference
CU Egyptian delegate (sound of Faisal over)
MV Faisal speaking in Arabic, speech sound continues to end
MV Guinea delegate (2 shots)
GV King speaking
LV Lebanese delegate
GV King speaking
SV Arabs in audience & delegates listening (2 shots)
LV King speaking
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Background: The third Islamic Conference opened on Tuesday (29 February) at the Palace Hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Thirty-one Muslim countries are represented at the conference, 17 of them by Foreign Ministers.
The conference was inaugurated by King Faisal, who told delegates that the issue arising out of Israel's attack on the Lebanon went beyond Lebanese and Palestinians - it was one that concerned all Arabs and Muslims.
The King added that what had happened to Muslims in Pakistan, the Philippines, Asia and Africa should prompt the nations of Islam to unite against their enemies.
Among the issues for discussion at the three-day conference is the establishment of an Islamic bank and an Islamic news agency. It will also deal with the Middle East situation and attempt to resolve differences over Bangladesh, which three of the participating nations have recognised and wish to draw into the Islamic group.
SYNOPSIS: In Saudi Arabia, delegates from 31 Muslim nations met in Jeddah on Tuesday for the third Islamic Conference. More than half the countries taking part are represented by their foreign ministers. Syria and the Arabian Gulf states are attending the conference for the first time; but Iraq refused to take part, and South Yemen was not invited.
The conference opened as Israeli troops completed their withdrawal after four days of action against guerrilla bases in south Lebanon. Inaugurating the three-day meeting, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia said the issue of the Israeli attack went beyond Lebanese and Palestinians - it was one that concerned all Arabs and Muslims.
The King added that what had happened to Muslim in Pakistan, the Philippines, Asia and Africa should prompt the nations of Islam to units against their enemies.
One issue the delegates were due to discuss is whether Bangladesh should be invited to their next conference.