Arab foreign ministers meeting in Amman on Saturday (22 November) voted to go ahead with a summit of the 22-nation Arab League in the Jordanian capital on Tuesday (25 November) despite Syrian objections.
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TRANSCRIPT: SPOKESMAN: "The Arab ministers of foreign affairs concluded their meeting today. They agreed upon the two working papers that have the political strategy and the economical strategy for the Arab work in the future. They will submit it to the summit conference that will be held in Amman on November 25th through the 27th. All our countries are going to attend the conference, probably except Syria that put a reservation on their attendance on the Arab summit conference."
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Background: Arab foreign ministers meeting in Amman on Saturday (22 November) voted to go ahead with a summit of the 22-nation Arab League in the Jordanian capital on Tuesday (25 November) despite Syrian objections. The Syrian delegation, which had been pressing for the postponement of the summit until Arab differences had been resolved, walked out of the conference hall and returned to Damascus after the vote went against it.
SYNOPSIS: With the two month old war between Iran and Iraq splitting the Arab world, Syria had insisted Tuesday's summit should be postponed until Arab League members were united enough to make it worth while. But King Hussein of Jordan, supported by Iraq and Saudi Arabia, had pushed for the meeting to be held, and at the end of the day they won the vote. Iraq wants the summit to declare its support for its war against Iran, but Syria supported by Libya is backing Iran in the war and is opposed to the Iraqi move,
Arab League Secretary Chedli Klibi finally declared that there was a consensus to hold the summit after two ballots had taken place. The summit is also expected to discuss the dispute between Morocco and Algeria over the Western Sahara and the break in relations between Libya and Saudi Arabia. At the end of foreign ministers' meeting the official spokesman reported on the outcome.