The prospects for a mini Arab summit before the meeting of all Arab countries next month are now strong, according to the Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Hassan Khaled.
GV INTERIOR Khaled seated for news conference and filmed by cameraman (2 shots)
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Sheikh Hassan, the highest Moslem Sunni authority in Lebanon, arrived in Egypt last week and is also planning to visit Saudi Arabia for talks with King Khaled and other Saudi Officials. The Sheikh believed the Shtoura meeting between President-elect Elias Sarkis, the Syrian deputy Minister of Defence, Major General Naji Jamil and PLO leader Yasser Arafat was not a failure. He said he believed that the swearing-in ceremony was not a condition for Mr. Sarkis to assume powers in Lebanon. He called for one united Lebanon and rejection of communal privileges. He also advocated equality among all, regardless of religion.
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Background: The prospects for a mini Arab summit before the meeting of all Arab countries next month are now strong, according to the Mufti of Lebanon, Sheikh Hassan Khaled. He was speaking at a news conference in Cairo on Tuesday (21 September). Next month's meeting is to discuss possible solutions to the Lebanese civil war.
SYNOPSIS: Sheikh Khaled said he expected Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the Palestine Liberation Organisation to take part in the meeting.