Egypt has been experiencing a surge in diplomatic activity as Arab leaders have flown in to discuss the latest position on the joint United States-Soviet Union proposals for re-convening the Geneva Peace Conference.
GV INT Yasser Arafat, PLO leader, seated (centre) with Ismail Fahmi, Foreign Minister, (left) in Cairo
CU Fahmi chatting with Arafat
GV & CU Arafat and Fahmi talking (3 shots)
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Background: Egypt has been experiencing a surge in diplomatic activity as Arab leaders have flown in to discuss the latest position on the joint United States-Soviet Union proposals for re-convening the Geneva Peace Conference. The latest talks took place in Cairo on Monday (7 November), when Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestine Liberation Organisation met Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmi.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Arafat's visit to Cairo came within hours of the departure from the Egyptian capital of Jordan's King Hussein, who had talks with President Anwar Sadat.
The meeting with the Egyptian Foreign Minister was just one of a series of talks held by the Palestinian leader during his stay in Egypt. He also met President Sadat and Sayed Marie, the Speaker of the Egyptian parliament.
According to the official Middle East News Agency, the Palestinian leader's talks with Mr. Marei centred on Egypt's relations with Libyan Samarihiyah. Mr. Arafat has been acting as a mediator between the two, trying to help normalise relations between them. Before meeting Mr. Marei, Mr. Arafat had spent two hours with President Sadat, and a Palestinian spokesman said that the two had almost identical views on the Middle East problem. Mr. Arafat left Cairo on Tuesday (8 November) for the Libyan Jamarihiyah.