The European Common Market came under attack during the opening of the Euro-Arab dialogue meeting in Tunisia on Thursday (10 February).
GV EXTERIOR: Tunis Hilton Hotel.
SV INTERIOR: delegates in foyer.
GV: delegates seated around table.
GV: delegates seated at tables (3 shots)
GV: delegates seated at tables, talking and studying notes. (5 shots)
MV: Deputy secretary-general studying papers.
SV: Tunisian foreign Affairs Minister, M. Halib Clatty, addresses delegates. (3 shots)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: It's hoped that the first concrete progress in the economic field will be made during the three day meeting. Arab League countries have told the EEC they're prepared to put up 15 million dollars for feasibility studies to prepare development projects in the Arab states. The Community is expected to put up a sum for the same purpose, although it's not expected to be as much as the Arab contribution.
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Background: The European Common Market came under attack during the opening of the Euro-Arab dialogue meeting in Tunisia on Thursday (10 February). Arab League countries criticised the EEC for what they termed its "fundamentally negative" policy on a Middle East settlement.
SYNOPSIS: It's the second time the general committee has met since the dialogue was established three years ago. The delegates are drawn from the EEC and the Arab League. The subjects to be discussed include an Arab request for preferential trade concessions to all Arab states, guarantees for Arab investments in Europe and the joint financing of development projects in Arab countries. The dialogue grew out of the oil crisis that followed the 1973 Arab-Israel was as the EEC sought to improve its relations with the Arab states, particularly the oil-producing nations on whom they so much depend.
The Arab attack on the community resulted from an EEC decision not to publish a declaration on the Middle East conflict. The Arabs warned that this could damage discussions.