Foreign minister and other representatives of 37 Islamic countries met for five hours on Tuesday (19 February) in the Punjab Assembly building in Lahore, Pakistan, to draw up an agenda for the Islamic Summit Conference which opens there on Friday (22 February).
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Background: Foreign minister and other representatives of 37 Islamic countries met for five hours on Tuesday (19 February) in the Punjab Assembly building in Lahore, Pakistan, to draw up an agenda for the Islamic Summit Conference which opens there on Friday (22 February).
The question of oil and its use as a political weapon in the Middle East situation could be among the subjects discussed. An official spokesman said that the draft agenda was wide enough to include all aspects of the Middle East problem.
The ministers and representatives had before them a report recommending that the Conference should also discuss the "Palestinian cause and the strong attachment to Jerusalem and the firm determination of their governments to liberate it".
During the five-hour preliminary session, the delegates agreed to admit six new members, and accepted Iraq's application for "observer status" to the Conference. The six new members were Uganda, (which has only a minority Moslem population), The Gabonese Republic, Gambia, Upper Volta, Cameroun, and Guinea-Bissau.
The Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Mr. Agha Shahi, said afterwards that the delegates were also considering whether or not to admit Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Government had expressed an interest in attending the Summit Conference, but had not made a formal application for membership.
The admission of Bangladesh depends on its prior recognition as an independent state by Pakistan. In Lahore there has been reported speculation that such a move may be imminent.