The Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr.
SV: Arab League Secretary General Mr. Chedli Klibi talks to reporters about meeting with Pope John Paul II
SV: Mr Klibi with delegates meets Italian Prime Minister Francesco Cossiga
SV: Mr Klibi shakes hands with Prime Minister and takes his seat with others officials. (2 shots)
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Background: The Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Chedli Klibi, has been touring capitals of the European Economic Community (EEC) and on Thursday (10 January) he arrived in Rome. He met with Prime Minister Francesco Cossiga, and was granted an audience with Pope John Paul the Second. Mr Klibi is from Tunisia.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Klibi spoke to newsmen after his lengthy meeting with the Pope. He said they had covered many serious subjects including the problems in the Christian and Arab communities, and the long suffering of the Palestinian people.
He said he found Pope John Paul understood the world's problems, notably those of the Palestinian people, who Mr. Klibi said have been deprived of their country and their identity. Mr. Klibi said that the Arab world had no intention of using the oil weapon against the West if there is no progress on the Palestinian issue.
The Arab League split over the Camp David Peace Accords and transferred its headquarters from Cairo to Tunis, but Mr Klibi said the Arab world had nothing to gain by using its oil policies to try to influence other countries.
Mr Klibi met Prime Minister Cossiga as part of his tour of the EEC which is aimed at improving Arab-european relations, strained after the 1978 Camp David Accords. He told his hosts that Western Europe can play an important role on the International scene in helping to find solutions in the Middle East.
Mr. Klibi said that the League wanted to become more influential and proposed changes to the League's charter would give the Secretary General a more political role.