Arab Interior ministers meeting in Cairo have called on all Arab countries to unify their penal codes.
SV: Secretary General of Arab League Mahmoud Riad and Prince Nayef Ben Abdul Aziz, Saudi Arabian minister of Interior and other ministers entering hall.
SV: Prince Aziz (on left) and Mahmoud Riad seated together.
SV: Ministers seated at table.
SV: Riad speaking in Arabic.
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Background: Arab Interior ministers meeting in Cairo have called on all Arab countries to unify their penal codes. A statement on Thursday (22 September), winding up two days of talks, proposed that Islamic law should be the basis for any unified Pan-Arab penal code. The meeting was organised by the Arab League and was part of a series of wide-ranging discussions on foreign, social, and economic matters which have been held during the past week.
SYNOPSIS: Its the first time that the Interior Ministers have been brought together at the Cairo headquarters of the Arab League. The ministers agreed that the existing penal codes needed to be amended in order to cope with the social changes which have taken place. The Palestinian question was also discussed. On Wednesday (21 September) the Interior Ministers were addressed by the Arab League's General Secretary, Mahmoud Riad.
RIAD: Speaking in Arabic