President Leopold Senghor of Senegal and Nigerian Head of State Yakubu Gowon arrived in Israel on Wednesday (24 November) from Cairo to continue their peace mission on behalf of the Organization of African Unity (DAU).
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Background: President Leopold Senghor of Senegal and Nigerian Head of State Yakubu Gowon arrived in Israel on Wednesday (24 November) from Cairo to continue their peace mission on behalf of the Organization of African Unity (DAU).
The Heads of State, who were accompanied by foreign Ministers Mario Cardoso of the Zaire Republic (formerly Known as the People's Republic of the Congo) and Eteki Mourouan of Cameroun, were welcomed at Lydda Airport with full ceremonial honours by Israeli president Zalman Shazar and Premier Golda Meir.
A working session between the two groups was cancelled at short notice -- informed sources said the delay would give Israeli leaders time to study a document submitted by the mission believed to pose questions on Israel's attitude towards a peace settlement.
The African leaders attended a dinner given by President Shazar in the city's King David Hotel
SYNOPSIS: The African Presidential peace mission arrived in Jerusalem from Cairo on wednesday after holding talks with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. President Leopold Senghor of Senegal and Nigerian Head of State, Major-General Yakubu Gowon, were accompanied by Foreign Ministers Mario Cardoso of the Zaire Republic and Eteki Mourouan of Cameroun for their mission on behalf of the Organisation of African Unity.
The African Heads of State and Foreign Ministers were met at Jerusalem's Lydda Airport by Israeli President Zalman Shazar and Premier Golda Meir. It was their second visit to the Middle East in three weeks.
Later in the day, President Shazar gave an official dinner for his African guests at Jerusalem's King David Hotel. The Presidential peace mission had arrived in the city directly form talks in Cairo with President Sadat, a day after Israel had condemned the Egyptian leader's war threats. Foreign Minister Abba Eban, giving his Government's official reaction to President Sadat's weekend declaration that he had decided to fight since hopes of peace had vanished, called on the governments of the world to condemn the threats. Mr. Eban had earlier warned the Knesset -- the Israeli Parliament -- that a combination of what he termed Egyptian 'extremism and international apathy' could lead to an explosion.
Israeli leaders were reported to have planned only one full working session with the African mission before its scheduled departure for home on Thursday.