Middle East affairs largely dominated the proceedings at the third session of the Islamic Conference in Jeddah yesterday (Thursday).
GV Flags outside Jeddah Palace
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GV INT. Conference, delegates seated at table
SV Chairman, Omar Al-Saqqaf with Tunku Abdel Rahman (left) and Mr. Arte (right)
SV Chairman talking to Tunku
CU Jordanian delegate
CU Niger delegate
CU Qatar delegate
CU Iranian delegate
SV Tanzanian delegate chatting
CU Bahrain delegate
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Background: Middle East affairs largely dominated the proceedings at the third session of the Islamic Conference in Jeddah yesterday (Thursday). Jordan was accused by a representative of the Palestine Liberation Organisation of continuing to persecute commandos. The conference chairman, Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Omar Al-Saqqaf, intervened to prevent further recriminations.
Subsequent speakers attacked Israeli policy in the Middle East, and the conference agreed to send a cable to Syrian President Hafez Al-Assad condemning an Israeli air raid on Syrian territory the previous day. The Bangladesh issue was also discussed.
SYNOPSIS: In Jeddah, the conference of Islamic Foreign Ministers entered its third session on Thursday -- a day when the problems of the Middle East and of Bangladesh were to dominate discussion.
Conference chairman and Saudi Foreign Affairs Minister Omar Al-Saqqaf, seated in the centre, was soon called upon to mediate in a heated argument. The Jordanians were accused of persecuting Palestinian Liberation Organisation commandos and trying to liquidate the Palestinian cause.
Jordanian Foreign Ministers Abdullah Salah was to reply that there'd been a split in the Palestinian movement, and the Jordanian government no longer knew which side to negotiate with. The Middle East debate was to continue with another bitter denunciation of Israel. The conference agreed to send a cable to syrian President Hafez Al-Assad condemning an Israeli air raid over Syria the previous day. Heads of delegations also discussed the Bangladesh issue at a special meeting. But it was reported that they disagreed over moves to help reconcile Pakistan and Bangladesh.